Big dig to plant last 100 trees of season

THE end of two weeks’ tree planting in Harmony Woods saw families from Portway Infants School (including big brothers and sisters), Guides, Guiders and Brownies, friends and volunteers planting the final 100 trees of the season.

The second such event organised by Andover Trees United included the planting of two commemorative trees and one birch tree.

In all just under 1,000 children and young people from 25 local schools and youth organisations, supported by hundreds of adult volunteers, family members and teaching staff, brought 750 trees from their school nurseries over the course of the fortnight, 650 of which were planted in the wood.

The rest will be added to stock to be planted in and around the town, starting with a community tree planting day at Ladies Walk on Saturday 11 January.

Wendy Davis, project founder, said: “Thanks and congratulations must go to chair of committee Barbara Townsend for managing the site and overseeing planting over the whole fortnight, supported by a great team of volunteers. We would also like to thank our chief funders Big Tree Plant and North Wessex Downs Sustainability Fund, The Woodland Trust and The Earth Restoration Service for providing the trees and Sainsbury’s for refreshments.”

For details of joining in at Ladies Walk on 11 January email andovertreesunited @gmail.com for details.

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