Volunteers come together to plant 1200 trees in a day

Transition Wilmslow brought in volunteers of all ages to plant trees on Bank House Farm on the Quarry Bank Estate for the National Trust.

Ranging from 3 to well over 70 years old, 50 volunteers worked to plant 1200 trees on Tuesday, 18th February as part of the work the National Trust is doing to transform overgrazed grassland into a richer habitat for the future.

Some worked all day, whilst others came for the morning or the afternoon. Amongst the volunteers were a lady celebrating her 40th birthday as well as several new volunteers from St Benedicts School and Wilmslow Academy.

Andrew Backhouse, Chair of Transition Wilmslow said "The feedback from the participants was really positive. So many enjoyed it – the weather mostly smiled too, and it was wonderful to get the community together to work for the common good."

Tree species planted included Wych Elm, Holly, Blackthorn, Hawthorn, Elder, Willow, Bird Cherry, Field Maple, Crab Apple, Spindle and Rowan plus Dog Rose to provide an understorey for the woodland fringes.

Photos by Jane Selva: the morning tree planting group and young and old working together.

Transition Wilmslow

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