Dec 09 2019

#BigClimateFightback a frosty success at Kinclaven!

On 30th November 158 members of the public turned out to plant 3150 trees on a stunning sunny, frosty day at Kinclaven Bluebell Wood in Perthshire!



This event was one of many #BigClimateFightback events across Scotland and the UK, to mark how important trees are in helping to address climate change.  This was a fantastic result, especially with the frosty planting conditions!  Some people had even brought ice axes to dig in the frozen soil!


Carol Evans (right), Scotland Director, getting a welcome cuppa with Judy Hills, who is the member of staff who works to bring in the funding support for Kinclaven from the players of the Peoples’ Postcode Lottery.



There was such a wonderful upbeat and Christmassy atmosphere on the day, with sunshine and stunning white frost.  A tea and cakes marquee kept people warm and fulled up in their breaks. 


The event was incredibly well supported by 22 members of the Kincalven Bluebell Wood Woodland Working Group, who did everything from squeezing 66 cars into a car park designed for 30 cars, to separating the trees into buckets of woodland edge and other trees ans well as the bread and butter task of shwoing the public how to plant.  the group was so well briefed and managed by the “Two Ians” who are the working group leaders.  The group has clocked up over 1000 hours volunteering in the wood over the last two years! Incredible! They are a great bunch of folk, with un-ending enthusiasm, and have made such a huge difference to Kinclaven Bluebell Wood.


At the end of the event the WWG shared a mulled apple juice and mince pies to mark the end of a fantastic year of volunteering!


Jill Aitken, Site Manager with “The twa Ians” , who are our fantastic Woodland Working Group leaders at Kinclaven.



Matilda Scharsach

Scotland Volunteering Development Officer



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