Urban Communites Get Planting
The Forestry Commission has funded The Tree Council to deliver 4 projects in 4 cities to get the ball rolling for The Big Tree Plant. These projects will be about getting communities engaged in tree planting as well as caring for their local trees.
The first project in Walsall launched on the 2nd December with the planting of over 1,000 trees.
The 3 acre community orchard has been planted on an under used piece of green space that is surrounded on 3 sides by housing. It will form part of a green link into the city centre and is very much stage 1 of an urban agro forestry project in Walsall that will see fruit from this site and others being used by local schools.
The orchard trees have been planted on a traditional grid pattern and include apples (are all on M25 rootstock so they will make big trees), pears, cherries, walnuts, plums and gauges. They are sheltered by a linear woodland planting of hawthorn and blackthorn trees that are planted with an understorey edge of fruit bushes which includes raspberries, blackcurrants, blackberries and gooseberries.
Volunteers involved in the project so far are:
- local primary school children who in previous weeks had received training from our Tree Wardens to become Junior Tree Wardens
- the Forest of Mercia community payback team
- Friends of the Arboretum
- Tree Wardens
- the local community.
Planned events for the rest of the winter include more work in schools and community orchard maintance training days. For more information go to Walsall Tree Wardens
To find out more about The Big Tree Plant go to The Big Tree Plant
To find an event near you go to Events Map