Tree day gives Bilstonians the opportunity to plant for the future

Friday 13th March 2015

Volunteer tree plantingPLant for the future in Bilston

The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country are inviting people along to a special tree planting event in Peascroft Wood on Sunday 22nd March.

Volunteers have worked to thin out the denser areas of the woodland and let more light to the woodland floor. The next stage of the project is to increase the variety of native tree species; adding oak, hawthorn, rowan and hazel, so this drop-in event to plants saplings is from 11am-1pm on Sunday 22nd March and all ages are welcome. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and also be aware that we may need to cancel the event if the weather is too windy to be in the wood safely.

Reserve Officer Alison Wilkes who leads volunteer days at Peascroft Wood every Thursday and also on the fourth Sunday of each month is looking forward to the tree-planting session:

“We’ve had a great group of people helping us out on volunteer days through the winter and you can really see the beneficial effects of the work that they have done, but now we have an opportunity to get people involved in planting trees. What better way is there to spend your time than contributing something as important to the natural landscape as trees, which will provide a home for wildlife in this wood for many years to come.

“Woodlands that have a diversity of plant species will provide colour at different times of year for people to enjoy, as well as a source of food for wildlife to thrive on. Bilston deserves a beautiful woodland and we are delighted to be getting the local community involved in working to make Peascroft Wood a place they can be proud of.”

The work is being done in a 3-year project in partnership with Wolverhampton City Council and largely funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to improve this treasured natural space.

Anyone wishing to get involved with volunteering at Peascroft Wood should email Alison Wilkes or call 0121 454 1199.


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