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Pickmere Tree Planting
On Sunday 27th March, over fifty residents of all ages gathered at the Lakeside area (IROS) in Pickmere to help plant over four hundred trees, donated by the Woodland Trust, following a successful application by a resident, Simon Read, who is a member of the Trust.
The trees were a wildlife selection, comprising Blackthorn, Hawthorn, Oak, Birch, Rowan and Hazel trees. Pickmere Parish Council and the village Community Group had organised a tree planting morning, bringing people from Pickmere Village together to plant the trees.
The field was divided into three areas, and each area had a group of volunteers aged from three to eighty planting trees.
Starting at 10am, the volunteers prepared the ground, dug holes, planted trees, spread mulch and staked out the trees. We were joined by our PCSO, Clare Shepherd, who was last seen heading into the bushes with a shovel in hand!
The Community Group provided a steady stream of tea and coffee for all the diggers/planters and by midday, all the trees had been planted. Many of the youngsters helped to give out drinks to the workers, as well as helping to plant. It seemed to be an enjoyable event for all involved, with a real community spirit.
Some of the hawthorn trees were kept back and used to repair hedges around the village.