The Big tree Plant was a joint event with the Friends of Allestree Park, Derby Wildlife Trust’s Value in Trees Project (click on button below to learn more about this). and Derby City Council Parks Dept.
The planting day was another milestone in the Friends of Allestree Park's long-term project to improve Big Wood. It follows on from clearance of the central area of the wood of invasive sycamore and rhododendron (by the Derby group of the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers), part of the Lottery-funded Community spaces Project which the Friends completed last year. FOAP drew up a list of the trees for the site and designed the posters and promoted the planting event.
FOAP is grateful to Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, who provided the trees through the Big Tree Plant Project of the Woodland Trust - a national scheme to plant thousands of trees in five years from 2012 - and much of the organisation on the day. Thanks are also due to staff of Derby City Council Parks Dept. who helped FOAP members mark out the site prior to planting and who collected the trees and delivered them to the site, provided refreshments on the planting day and quite a bit of the physical labour. A party of the 157th Allestree Beavers also came along and planted 105 additional trees, which they provided, and it gives us great pleasure to mention them here.
We would like to thank the all the volunteers who helped on the day - approximately 80 people coming along for at least part of the session, some working solidly for up to five hours. I hope all of you came away with a great sense of achievement, in the knowledge that, as the trees flourish and grow, together with the 1500 trees we planted at the northern end of Big Wood in 2009, we have helped to create a much more attractive and diverse woodland and which will outlive us all!
PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE BIG TREE PLANT
by Anne Morgan & Bill Grange