Time for tree planting at Tring!
It’s an exciting time for the Woodland Trust, with the launch of the Big Climate Fightback. As part of the campaign we are running a whole host of tree planting and tree charter activities.
Tring Park is running a planting event for everyone to get involved. A new parcel of land which is 63 acres was bought in 2016, currently unimaginatively known as Tring Park extension – name suggestions welcome! This acquisition was made possible with the support and generous donations of local people, so we are looking forward to an exciting day were the community can get involved. The site is being planted with a mixture of oak, beech, spindle, dog rose, hawthorn, yew and other native UK species. The fields, which were previously arable and grazed land border a beautiful ancient woodland – Stubbing’s Wood. Although Stubbing’s wood is not a Woodland Trust wood, it is one of Hertfordshire’s best examples of beech woodlands; with a stunning carpet of bluebells in spring.
Purchasing the land bordering Stubbing’s gave us a chance to put in motion a very long term vision: to protect and even extend this ancient woodland. Not all the land on the extension will be planted with trees. A planting plan allows for views across to Ivinghoe Beacon to be protected, along with approximately 30 acres of grassland developing. It is hoped that using the ‘green hay’ method of collecting species rich hay crop from Tring Park, will help develop the biodiversity of the extension.
The planting event is happening 10 – 3pm on the 30th November. All are welcome with friends and family to come and plant as many trees as they can. As it is November, we recommend visitors bring clothes for all weather and gardening gloves will come in handy.
Visitor experience officer: Central region
Feature image – Judith Parry