Tree Planting in Lambourn – How You Can Help

The Lambourn Environmental Group has been set up to alleviate climate change, increase biodiversity and enhance the local environment. The current project is planting trees in and around the village.

A community orchard of over 30 fruit trees has already been planted on North Farm Close Open Space which is land owned by West Berkshire Council near Sheepdrove Road. They are a mixture of apple, pear and gages with the addition of one Quince donated by Lambourn Cllr Mrs Elizabeth Spence. Mrs Spence is a prize winning  gardener and a very knowledgable horticulturalist.

In response to this project, Peter Kindersley from Sheepdrove has very kindly offered land near the community orchard and the Wantage Road for more tree planting to create a community woodland this November 2021. We will need lots of help planting over 400 whips (saplings) being provided by the Woodland Trust. The Women’s Institute are also planting 100 trees on the site to celebrate their centenary. West Berkshire Council are also donating 55 larger trees as part of the national Queen’s Green Canopy Project to help protect the small trees. Cllr Howard Woollston supported this donation.

Another initiative we have followed up is the WBC Blossom in Spring.  Lambourn Village should receive 5 of the 250 Prunus Tai Haku being shared throughout West Berks as a legacy following the covid pandemic and retirement of Chief Executive Nick Carter. Other parishes have been invited to apply for some of these beautiful trees.

How to Get Involved

We don’t know exactly when the whips will be delivered but if you would like to be on the mailing list to receive more information about planting nearer the time, please email: trees@lambourn.org
To hear more from the organisers Penny Brewer and Ruth Andreski, listen to their interview with Penny Locke here (From 4 mins 10 secs)

 

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