Dec 27 Tree O Clock at Malvern Community Forest – by Phil By Tracy

As part of National tree week and the BBC’s attempt to beat the Guinness world record for the most number of trees planted in multiple locations in one hour. ( the current record is 653,143) we held a tree planting event at Ravenshill Nature Reserve, Alfrick.

Malvern Community Forest, in partnership with Ravenshill Nature Rangers (the local children’s group) who are are based at Ravenshill, held a community tree planting event on Saturday 5th December between 11am and 12 o’clock.  35 people planted, staked and applied tree guards to 300 Hazel saplings in 28 minutes in a previously coppiced area. This was 100 more than we pledged.

They were planted in an area where all the new shoots had been badly damaged by Muntjac deer after having been previously coppiced last season.

The Deputy Leader of Malvern Hills District Council, Councillor Joe Smith attended the  event as one of the two independent witnesses.

The group  gave away a selection of freebies such as childrens Tee shirts, eco- shopping bags and various environmental booklets donated by the BBC.
Members of Malvern Community Forest donated cakes and hot drinks which were much appreciated.

The tree planting was followed by a short guided walk around part of the reserve where the benefits of coppicing, the traditional method of woodland management were explained by Phil Hopkinson, Chairman of Malvern Community Forest and Trevor Smart the woodland owner.

Malvern Community Forest is group of local people are seeking land on which they would like to recreate part of the Malvern Chase as a community woodland and encourage landowners to plant trees. The Chase was an area of ancient forest which was administered from Hanley Castle, and which covered 13 parishes including Great Malvern, Little Malvern, Hanley Castle, Colwall, Mathon and Welland several hundred years ago.

They have also received pledges for the provision of over 2000 trees.


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