GIVING NATURE A HELPING HAND
By Ann Evans
Warwickshire folk are being invited to help nature, wildlife and the local environment by taking part in a huge tree planting event that will join up three existing ancient woods.
Warwickshire Wildlife Trust is planting 6830 trees at their newest nature reserve Bubbenhall Meadows and are inviting the public to go along and help.
Planting these trees will join up three local woods, Bubbenhall Wood, Wappenbury Wood and Ryton Wood. Adding these trees bolsters the existing planting and will regenerate an area which has been quarried.
The project is part of a Living Landscape approach and has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The idea is to create wildlife-rich spaces on a bigger scale, that are better managed and connected.
By joining up these ancient woodlands it will create wildlife corridors which are vital as wildlife cannot travel between isolated patches of habitat. Once the trees are established wildlife will be able to move through the joined-up woodland and rare species such as dormice may move in.
The Trust are planting oak, silver birch, goat willow, hawthorn, blackthorn, hazel, aspen, elder, dogwood, spindle and field maple. These trees were chosen to reflect those in local woodland and have West Midlands provenance. They will be planted by a local contractor, the Trust’s dedicated volunteers and members of the public if they want to join in.
Karl Curtis, Reserves and Community Engagement Officer for Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, said: “Restoring the quarried areas is important and will boost the links for wildlife between the woodlands. We want wildlife to thrive and re-colonise our landscape so future generations can encounter, experience and enjoy our natural heritage. And so that we can too.”
The tree planting day is on Saturday 4th February. The drop-in session runs between 10am – 1pm. They will provide the tools, the trees and the know-how. All ages are welcome but naturally children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Please let the Trust know if you plan on going along. Call 024 76 302912 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bubbenhall Wood and Meadow, Coventry, Warwickshire, CV8 3BH.
Further details are on their website: www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/tree-planting-bubbenhall