Woodland Trust have awarded us another free tree pack. Event 7 March 10:00-14:00

Photo credit: Woodland Trust

Photo credit: Woodland Trust

We’ve been successful with our application for a hedge pack, many thanks to the Woodland Trust again for their generous provision of trees. The saplings will arrive in early March and we plan to use them to fill gaps in existing hedges around Orchard Park, particularly in Aster Way and Sweetpea Way, Circus Drive, Ring Fort Road, Pagram Way, and near the Travelodge Hotel. We hope some of you will help us to do this, instructions will be provided.

If you have any tools you could bring (spades, trowels or similar) to compliment our small tools stock, this would be very helpful.

This event has now been confirmed as 10:00-14:00 on 7th March. Even if you can spare only 30 mins, your help is appreciated. If you can make the start, meeting point is the community centre. If not, we will let you know how to find us before the event. You can always phone us: 07902 454367.

Children under 12 will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Why is this important? As well as looking good to us, different species of hedge plants around Orchard Park provide a range of fruits in autumn, and shelter during the spring and summer, for the animals that live here. Filling gaps in the hedgerows has been identified as an important task for habitat management in the Habitat Management Plan written for Orchard Park Wildlife Project by the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. The Hedgelink website also says ‘they are valued too for the major role they have to play in preventing soil loss and reducing pollution, and for their potential to regulate water supply and to reduce flooding’ and that ‘hedgerows may even have a role to play in taking greenhouse gases out of circulation through carbon storage, if they are allowed to expand in size. Certainly any loss exacerbates climate change to some extent..’ For more information see Hedgelink’s website: http://www.hedgelink.org.uk/importance-hedges-and-hedgerows.htm

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