Andover Environmental charity appeal to the community for help with planting 1000 trees

logo.Andover Trees UnitedA pledge to plant 1,000 native trees at Harmony Woods, a community woodland behind Augusta Park, is under threat as Covid-19 restrictions prevent many local schools from engaging in the project which has seen 8,000 trees planted by school children since 2012.

 

Andover Trees United’sTree Planting Fortnight’, which takes place annually during the last two weeks of November, is just one part of the community woodland initiative which aims to connect school children and the wider community with the natural world while improving the environment and creating a vital habitat for wildlife.

 

Project leader, Wendy Davis explains:

This year the children may not all be able to come and this leaves us with a serious dilemma. Our trees are currently being kept alive in a nursery bed but will not survive the winter unless they are planted out properly. We desperately need volunteers to come and plant the trees that the children cannot.”

We are a Covid-secure site and have procedures in place to make it safe and easy for volunteers to maintain social distancing at all times. We are also extending our tree planting programme over the winter to create more opportunities for individuals and bubbles to get involved.

Long-term volunteer, Terri Forbes said:

I had never planted a tree when I first got involved a few years ago and now I am a regular volunteer over planting fortnight and community tree planting days. Getting trees into the ground gives me an enormous sense of achievement and wellbeing which helps me a lot with everything that is going on.

 

The charity are asking members of the public to email volunteers@andovertrees.org.uk for further information and to get involved.


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