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Community Tree Planting

26th March 2022

Blessed by sunshine and birdsong, the B2W team and our brilliant volunteers spent a glorious spring day in Hallwood planting trees. The woodland is so incredibly beautiful this time of year, carpeted with wild daffodils, primroses and wood anemones.

Back in the autumn, we fenced around the B2W woodland site to keep the cows (and their pats) out and allow for the regeneration of young trees. Hallwood is an ancient oak woodland and our site is predominantly tall standard oaks with little diverse understory.

It is our aim to try and help this regeneration where we can, to help support the ecosystem that supports us. Fortunately, we are not alone in this aim and there is a lot of incentive and support for tree planting at the moment.

We are very grateful to The Woodland Trust who donated this 'Community tree pack' of 420 edible hedging trees, stakes and tree guards. Volunteers of all ages worked together to plant a mix of blackthorn, crab apple, elder, dog rose, hawthorn and Hazel saplings around the inner perimeter.

The True meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. Nelson Henderson

Hopefully in a few years, we will be able to harvest the fruits of our labour but for today we enjoyed a delicious lunch from the woodland floor - wild garlic bread cooked on the fire and the first nettle soup of the year!

After lunch, we finished off planting to the sound of whoops and laughter as the children played hide and seek and hung out in hammocks. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon…

Thank you to all those who came and helped and to The Woodland Trust for the trees!

If you're interested in volunteering with us, please get in touch

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