Cllr Tom Wright works with volunteers to plant over 1,000 trees

Can you help plant 1,200 trees in East Devon?

Volunteers helped to put over 1,000 trees in the ground at community planting days held near Clyst Honiton recently.

By the end of the second planting day, volunteers had planted more than half of the total number of trees for Mosshayne farm, which meant they had completed the first wood on “the island” – the name of one of the new woods located between the River Clyst and a leat.  It means that more than a thousand new trees are now in the ground.

There are still around 1,200 trees still to plant and you can get involved on Thursday 28th February, Friday 1st March and Saturday 2nd March. If you can lend a hand, please contact Jon Freeman by emailing jfreeman@eastdevon.gov.uk.

Cllr Tom Wright, East Devon’s portfolio holder for the Environment, said:

Thank you to all the people who worked so hard to plant over 1,000 trees. The planting days were a huge success and people really enjoyed themselves. It was a real social event.

As well as being great fun, it was rewarding to do something practical to address climate change and create brand new woodland.

Thanks to the farmer, Henry Gent and the Woodland Trust’s MOREWoods scheme, there are new woods in East Devon to provide home and food for hundreds of species of wildlife, as well as helping to prevent soil erosion and flooding.

Mark Williams, Chief Executive of East Devon District Council, said:

Do come along. Not only do you learn some practical tree planting skills but you will have a lot of fun, tea and cake, with other like-minded people!