Eastern Claylands Treescape Update
The Woodland Trust Outreach staff in the Central Region including the Eastern Claylands of Suffolk and Essex, were furloughed from the beginning of April to the middle of June. Upon their return to work Paul Woodgate and Hannah Joy have been picking up the backlog of site visits for MoreWoods and MoreHedges applications, now under our new 10 years’ partnership with Lloyds Banking Group.
We have just launched our third annual fully subsidised Eastern Claylands Land Owner Tree Pack offer for the 2020/2021 planting season with 4 pick-up locations in December and February. This is also the third year that we will be collaborating with the Suffolk Tree Warden Network (the tree council) and Suffolk County Council by providing tree and hedgerow packs to tree wardens in Suffolk for planting within their parishes. Both of the projects have been supported by a corporate sponsor over the last two years.
We are providing some support to Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk County Councils with their tree planting and woodland creation aspirations this year and hope to be able to develop this further over the next few years.
There has been a lot of interest for our support of Agroforestry Projects and we are looking to take several projects further, with funding from Accor hotels and the PUR scheme, the Head Office farmers team or Eastern Claylands project funding.
We are looking to work with a number of research institutions and universities on research into issues relevant to the Eastern Claylands including ash dieback resistance, the benefit of trees for pollinators and the provision of ecosystem services for biodiversity, soil and water.
Now that the restriction on some volunteer roles is being lifted we will also be reviewing the opportunities for volunteers in our activities on third party land in Essex and Suffolk and contacting those who already applied for volunteer roles to support our landscape scale activities. We hopefully will be able to organise some public tree planting events ourselves or through our local partners.
Edwin Van Ek: Outreach Advisor (Central region)
Images: Gary Battell