New trees beautify Bishop’s Meadow

Large_bishop_s_meadow_26Bishop's Meadow (SWT)

 The Bishop’s Meadow Trust and Surrey Wildlife Trust have joined forces to be part of a national tree planting movement to double the number of native trees and woods in the UK.   On Saturday 26th November volunteers braved a bitterly cold day to plant 150 trees, kindly donated by the Woodland Trust, in Bishop’s Meadow in Farnham.  The native trees, some of which have been used to restore existing hedgerow, will benefit wildlife and the local community and visitors who come to enjoy the area.

Over 1,000 registrations were received for community packs this spring and, as a result, more than 200,000 trees will be planted. Hundreds of communities across the UK will celebrate with public tree planting events and more are encouraged to follow this example by registering for a free tree pack for spring 2012 from the Woodland Trust.

Frances Halstead from Surrey Wildlife Trust said: "It has been a pleasure to work with the Bishop’s Meadow Trust over the last year.  Through sheer hard work and determination they have raised the money to buy part of the Bishop’s Meadows and protect it for the benefit of wildlife and the residents of Farnham.  Tree planting is the first step in improving the site and has given the volunteers the chance to do something lasting in the Farnham area. We hope the new trees will help attract wildlife and make a real difference to everyone who will see them.”

Victoria Hodson from the Woodland Trust added: "We have been overwhelmed by people's enthusiasm to plant trees. Communities are transforming spaces within their neighbourhoods, growing their own fruits and food, creating shade and shelter and providing new homes for wildlife. The UK is actually the least wooded country in Europe, with only about a quarter of the European average, so we are delighted that The Bishop’s Meadow Trust is helping reverse this trend. Applications for free packs to plant in the spring can be found on our website, along with lots of advice to help people get started."

Date published: Thursday 08 December 2011