Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
16th March was the final day of a whole week of tree planting and Rhododendron removal at Kinclaven Bluebell Wood. After a run of sunny weekdays that saw primary school children and volunteer staff from some of our corporate sponsors planting trees in the spring warmth, the tables turned for the public planting day on the Saturday and the whole site was covered in the white stuff in the morning, which continued to fall relentlessly all day!
Nevertheless, a team of hardy Kinclaven Bluebell Wood woodland working group members stuck it out all day and joined staff in helping to coordinate and support the 50 or so members of the public who turned up to take part.
Here you can see a trusty volunteer working hard to secure a tree into its cozy hole!
..and here are some of the group getting stuck into planting up the snowy field.
On the sunnier weekdays several local primary schools took part, and as well as planting trees they took part in a treasure hunt and built dens.
Staff from Aviva enjoyed escaping from their desks to plant trees and continue the great of our woodland working group in removing the dreaded Rhododendron ponticum from the site.
…and Nationwide staff were proud of their 450 trees planted!
Kinclaven Bluebell Wood is a site that we acquired back in 2017. We were able to purchase it thanks to a generous legacy donation, and also from public support through an appeal. We are now able to carry out planting and other ongoing conservation work thanks to the generous support of the Peoples Postcode Lottery and Nationwide Building Society, and indirectly from other sponsors such as Aviva and Premier Paper, the latter three of which joined in the tree planting on this occasion, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience!