Tree Wardens in - South-east England are playing an important part in The Tree Council's new project – Hedgerow Harvest.
• Portsmouth and Southsea Tree Wardens joined volunteers from the Stacey Centre Community Orchard Garden and Portsmouth Cycle Forum to plant 100m of fruiting hedge along a new cycle path by Hilsea Station and along the edge of Rugby Camp open space.
• Kent Tree Wardens and BTCV Green Gym volunteers have planted 100m of fruiting hedge at Singleton Environment Centre.
• Merton and Surrey Tree Wardens came together with other local volunteers to plant 280m of fruiting hedge at Three Kings Piece in Mitcham.
• Gosport Tree Wardens were among the volunteers who, with the Mayor and staff from the borough council’s Countryside Section, planted more than 200m of fruiting hedge in Alver Valley.
These demonstration hedges have been planted to inspire other groups to grow productive hedges in their communities. The Tree Council’s Hedgerow Harvest project seeks to reconnect people to the heritage of free local healthy food. It builds on existing work being carried out as part of the Hedge Tree Campaign and will encourage local people to access food for free on their doorstep by supporting a network of hedgerow foragers across the region who can inspire their neighbours and undertake projects in their communities.
The project is encouraging people to use the free, healthy food that is there for the picking by providing advice and information on the Hedgerow Harvest website and producing a collection of recipes collected from Tree Wardens and Tree Council members to inspire more people to collect hedgerow produce. It is also offering advice about what to grow and how to plant and maintain a productive hedge.
In the pipeline is a Hedgerow Harvest teachers’ pack, with lesson plans that meet the needs of Key Stage 3 of the National Curriculum. The Hedgerow Harvest project is supported by a Local Food Grant from The Big Lottery. To find out more go to www.hedgerowharvest.org.uk.