At this time of year trees are ready to take a rest, so now’s the time get out your spades and wellies, and get ready to get planting. Last year’s tree planting season was a great success, and we hope to see plenty of new faces throughout 2007’s program of tree-related activity.
What we achieved last season…
Last season was the most productive for Burngreave Community Forestry since I started in September 2005. In total 2,356 new trees were established in the area, of which 110 were heavy standards (over 8ft high). During 27 dedicated sessions 129 young people were engaged and over 200 school children were involved both at school and on woodland sites. In all, twentyfive sites benefited from practical environmental improvements and 405 volunteers were able to participate in 76 events.
We worked with a host of organisations including BTCV, Green City Action, the Area Panel, Sheffield Futures and the Youth Council, to mention but a few who have worked hard with us to help increase the tree population in the area. At this rate Burngreave will boast a degree of tree cover to rival any other area of the city.
This season a similar range of activities are planned and will be accessible to all. Woodland management is proposed in woodland along Bagley Dyke next to the Northern General Hospital and an exciting forest gardening project on Parkwood Springs will be launched. Tree planting will be taking place on sites across Burngreave and along with adult volunteers, young people and school children will be given the opportunity to participate. Please contact me if you wish to suggest a potential tree-planting site.
Trees for free…
Burngreave Trees for Free is offering apple and pear trees again this season for residents interested in growing food at home. In addition tree and shrub species will be available to create hedges, an excellent way of marking boundaries whilst providing valuable habitats for wildlife. If you are interested or require more information please call the number below with your name, address, contact number and tree requirements. Please note, Burngreave Trees for Free is only available to residents of Burngreave.
Many thanks to all involved, I would especially like to say thank you for the award that I was delighted and privileged to receive in January 2007. I look forward to working with you in the coming months.
Please call Tim Shortland on 2734190 for details of events this season.