Tree planting on the Guiting Estate
As you may be aware ash dieback has spread into Gloucestershire over the last few years.
Because most of the hedgerow trees on the estate are ash, dieback is likely to have a significant impact on our landscape in the relatively near future.
The farm has already started felling diseased trees which present a risk to highways or footpaths. This is likely to accelerate as the impact of the disease grows more severe. There is no intention to remove all the ash at this stage. Unlike elm disease, ash dieback is caused by a fungus spread by the wind which is already widespread in the environment and there is no point in removing diseased trees unless they present a risk to the public or farm workers.
The hope is that some of the estate’s trees may demonstrate a tolerance to the disease, but the likelihood of this is not well understood yet.
The Trust have funded the purchase of 1,000 native sapling trees of various species including oak, beech, lime, sycamore, sweet chestnut, field maple and others to plant-up our hedgerows; they are all “whips” about 500mm in height.
A vehicle and trailer for the use of volunteer planters with the necessary tools and a supply of tree guards and stakes. We are working to a planting plan agreed by the Farm and their forestry consultant, so it is important that we work as a co-ordinated group.
I would be grateful if anyone who wants to have a go could contact me on the number below to let me know when they are available. No experience is required - we can show new volunteers the ropes - suitable clothing including wellies and protective gear which you don’t mind getting ripped by brambles would be useful. Gardening gloves are also important. At present we are planting twice a week on Thursday and Saturday afternoons, although this does vary occasionally depending on people’s availability. The tree planting season lasts until approximately the end of March.
To pop your name down contact Simon Gardner:
Email or 07771 942922
Saturday 20th June 2020
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