Invitation to help us plant a new woodland

Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust is inviting local people to help create a new woodland in the village of Lubenham at a community planting event on Saturday February 24 from 10am to 1pm.

The Trust is working in partnership with the Woodland Trust and the Welland Rivers Trust to create the new woodland in an area of south Leicestershire that has very little existing woodland cover.

Simon Bentley, Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust Director, said, “The Trust was delighted to receive the generous gift of a field in Lubenham during 2016. It extends over three acres and lies alongside the River Welland and adjacent to Lubenham All Saints Primary School.

“The field has been grazed in the past but is ideal for creating a community woodland, which will be a valuable natural asset delivering real benefits for both wildlife and local people.

“Local people are invited to come along between 10am and 1pm on Saturday February 24 to assist with the woodland planting. No previous experience is required as experts will be on hand to provide guidance and tools will be provided.

“Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and, if you are coming by car, please park sensitively in the village. The entrance to the field is at the eastern end of Old Hall Lane.”

Stuart Holm, Woodland Creation Adviser for the Woodland Trust said, “The Woodland Trust is delighted to be providing 1,500 native UK broadleaf trees and shrubs to create a natural looking woodland that will develop well on the loamy clay soil and offer benefits to wildlife in different ways.

“Species will include alder, aspen and oak plus hazel and spindle and will be young bare root saplings. Areas of open space will also be incorporated in the new woodland.”

Geoff Gilfillan, Project Officer for the Welland Rivers Trust said, “The Welland Rivers Trust is pleased to support this project to enhance habitat, wildlife and water along the River Welland – a small, but in parts beautiful, river forming much of the county boundaries between Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire.”

The Rotary Club of Market Harborough has also provided generous funding to support the project and The Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray and Belvoir has supplied pot grown oak trees of local provenance. The Head of Rotary UK has set a challenge that a tree be planted on behalf of each Rotarian in the UK by April 2018. 

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