LOCAL charity Avon Needs Trees has planted the first 1500 trees of its planned 10,000 - but needs more local help!
Covid means ANT is drawing on a much smaller pool of volunteers (Chippenham-Calne area), and many tree-planting days have had to be cancelled.
Volunteering is still allowed under government guidance and ANT ensures that social distancing is strictly observed. Volunteer groups are no more than six.
Volunteers need to bring their own food and drink - and wellies!
It's amazing to see the progress," says Nikki Jones, Chair of ANT. "In just four volunteer planting days we've managed so much - while staying socially distanced!
We're well on our way to recreating the woodland that was lost post-1945, locking up carbon, providing more habitat for endangered species and really valuable natural flood management."
Avon Needs Trees bought Hazeland - 34 acres of fields, ponds and ancient forest - last August in order to ensure that the new woodland it is creating will be permanent. ANT was only able to do this with generous local support.
“Hazeland won’t just be a haven for wildlife,” says Susan Barker, Project Coordinator at ANT. “Avon Needs Trees is planning a series of community events throughout the coming year to enable local people to come and see the site for themselves and explore the biodiversity and fascinating heritage at the site.
Anyone who wants to get involved should sign up for our newsletter via our website www.avonneedstrees.org.uk/ .”
All trees were donated by the Woodland Trust. Species include oak, beech, aspen, rowan, alder and wild cherry which will be of benefit to visitors, as well as local wildlife, for years to come.