Tree_plantingA staggering 956 trees were planted during The Big Tree Plant organised by Stroud Valleys Project, benefiting 10 sites in Stroud District, and involving 94 adults and 75 children. Two new community orchards were created in Stroud and Nailsworth and two orchards in Thrupp and Eastington were improved by planting heritage apple, pear and plum varieties. New avenues of native trees and small-scale woodlands were planted by community groups, school children, parish councillors and Stroud Valleys Project’s Green Team volunteers.

The Big Tree Plant project also organised the first Apple Day in Stroud as part of the Stroud Apple Town initiative, with juicing, tasting, 40 apple varieties on display and information on Gloucestershire apples to encourage residents to plant heritage fruit trees.

Ivi Szaboova, Stroud Valleys Project’s Biodiversity Officer who co-ordinated The Big Tree Plant, said: “Trees in urban areas are incredibly important – they improve air quality, reduce noise and provide shelter for wildlife. The beauty of urban trees also makes busy built-up areas more pleasant to live and work in. The Big Tree Plant was very successful - 94 adults and 75 children learnt how to plant trees. We are hoping to expand the project further and plant more trees next winter.”

One of the school children said: “Tree planting was really fun. We got very muddy! I can’t wait for my silver birch to grow.”

The Big Tree Plant funding scheme is provided by the Forestry Commission as part of its contribution to the Defra led partnership.

 

For more information about Stroud Valleys Project’s involvement in The Big Tree Plant please contact Ivi Szaboova on 01453 753358.

Stroud Valleys Project is a limited company,
registered in England and Wales.    

Registered number: 2224016    

Registered charity number: 900107

Stroud Valleys Project,
8 Threadneedle Street,
Stroud,
Gloucestershire,
GL5 1AF

Tel: 01453 753358

Fax: 01453 755641

Email: info@stroudvalleysproject.org

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