So it begins – the creation of Betty’s Wood. We can’t start the main tree planting until we have confirmation of funding from the Forestry Commission. This depends on paperwork and that is progressing at geological pace, but we are allowed to plant a hedge as this is not covered by the Forestry Commission grant.
We own the land, we have sown it with meadow grass and wildflower mix, the fence is going up next week, and now we can start planting trees. Nationa Tree Week takes place during the last week of November each year, and we think it fit that we start planting our trees that week too.
So, we will be planting 700 native broadleaved trees to form a hedge. This will connect Alvecote Wood with a little copse on the other side of Betty’s Wood field. As well as forming a boundary, this will also be an important wildlife corridor, and will form a rapid connection between two ancient woodland sites.
The trees are on order, the planning is done, and we hope lots of people will turn up to help us during the weekend of 27th/28th November. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help transform the landscape and make a real difference to wildlife. The new hedge will be visible from the top of Pooley mound, as well as from the Coventry Canal towpath.
So, if anybody would like to come along….please do give us a shout, and we’ll do our best to make you welcome!