VOLUNTEERS braved the cold and picked up their shovels to plant trees in Fordingbridge.

Fordingbridge Greener Living (FGL) held the community planting event on Sunday November 28, which had been due to take place the day before but was rescheduled because of Storm Arwen.

Around 25 volunteers helped plant the 150 whips (small trees) donated by the Woodland Trust.

FGL has created a new wooded area to the rear of Allen Water Drive next to the old railway bridge. The trees planted are the same native species that have been used at the tiny forest site at Parsonage Park in February/March this year, which include wild cherry, Rowan, birch, hawthorn, dogwood, and hazel.

Jamie Richards, who is part of the Fordingbridge Greener Living’s tree planting group, said: “It was a great turnout and wonderful to see the community pull together to create a something which shall be a enjoyed by all generations for years to come.”

FGL is working with Fordingbridge Town Council on its next project - a community orchard.


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