In honour of the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and as part of her Green Canopy initiative, children with the help of parents planted 90 saplings, kindly donated by the Woodland Trust, on the river bank at Burton Joyce on November 27th.
Despite days of wind and rain beforehand, the morning dawned calm, the sun shone and the children took the business of planting very seriously.
Not only will the trees enhance the beauty of the area, but also will create food and shelter for birds, animals, butterflies and insects. When they are fully grown, it will also help to capture carbon from the atmosphere.
By planting trees, the children are investing in the future and will be helping our fragile planet to survive.
As one boy said to his Mum: “I will always remember this day when we planted trees together.*
This was a co-operative village event, planned and organised by Burton Joyce Climate Action Group, Burton Joyce Primary School and with great help and support from John Jackson, Severn Trent Farm Manager, and Richard Redgate and his harvesting team.
In addition, 30 hedgerow saplings have been planted by members of the Climate Action Group, the History Society and other interested village residents. The saplings consists of a variety of species: Dog rose, hawthorn, hazel and crab apple. These will add to the biodiversity of the area and recreate some of the ancient hedgerows leading down to the river which were grown to mark field boundaries dating from the 16th century.
Again, we are very grateful to John Jackson and his team for all their help and support in this venture.
Written by Burton Joyce Climate Action Group