Armed with spades and mallets and wrapped up against the elements, members of TWiG (Tattenhall Wildlife Group) planted 700 trees over the weekend of the 25th and 26th of February on reclaimed farmland owned by the Bolesworth Estate.
Ably assisted by Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award students, the TWiG team planted Dogwood, Guelder Rose, Hawthorn, Holly, Hornbeam, Wild Cherry, Wych Elm, Oak and Silver Birch, all supplied free of charge by the Woodland Trust.
In memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the freshly-planted hectare has been named Memorial Wood. The area was returned to Bolesworth by one of the estate’s key dairy farming tenants Robin Langford, specifically for the tree planting.
The new area of woodland will bolster existing flood defences, support climate change and increase biodiversity within the Parish.
A public footpath winds through the land, making Memorial Wood accessible to residents of Tattenhall and the surrounding areas. Dogs on leads are welcome too.
Commenting on the community initiative, Nina Barbour Managing Director of Bolesworth said:
“We welcome this opportunity to give back to the community and help to strengthen environmental measures. The woodland will look magnificent when the trees reach maturity, and forms part of a much wider sustainability strategy that we are currently putting in place Our thanks to Robin for returning the land, to the Woodland Trust for supplying the trees and, of course, TWiG for their invaluable community care.”