1,000 trees in two days planted by Harlow Council

Communities / Mon 7th Dec 2015 at 12:27pm

PlantersHARLOW Council is celebrating the 40th National Tree Week (28 November-6 December 2015) by planting 1,000 trees in two days as part of a hedgerow restoration project at Parndon Lock Meadows.

The Council recently entered into an agreement with the Land Trust to undertake ongoing maintenance and management of Parndon Lock Meadows, with the aim of improving the area for local people and visitors. And to contribute to the Stort Valley Living Landscape Project*.

By working closely with site stakeholders and the local community, the Council will be managing the grassland and wetland areas and by creating a scrape (a shallow depression in the land designed to seasonally trap water and attract local wildlife) overlooked by a viewing platform. Access throughout the site will also be improved by replacing six stiles with mobility kissing gates and by resurfacing the ancient byway, Cat Lane which connects the A414 to Hertford and Parndon Mill.

The first year of this project has focused on hedgerow restoration and the Council’s Landscaping and Biodiversity Team has been working in partnership with volunteer groups from the Council’s Greenteam volunteers and Parndon Mill to restore Cat Lane. The teams have been working to coppice a 200-metre section of neglected ancient hedgerow; volunteers have so far put in over 400 hours of their time to take this on. The project’s first year involved the planting of 1,000 trees, comprising 12 different species, over a two-day period, along the newly coppiced hedgerow, with the final ones being planted on Monday (30 November 2015).

Councillor Mark Wilkinson, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “The planting of these 1,000 trees in such a short space of time is an excellent way to celebrate National Tree Week 2015 and help improve the town’s outdoor spaces.

“We hope that this project will establish the Parndon Lock Meadows area as a flagship site for biodiversity within the Stort Valley Living Landscape and a place that everyone can visit and enjoy.

“Planting 1,000 trees in two days is a fantastic achievement and I’d like to thank both Council Officers and volunteers for making it happen.”

For more information on National Tree Week, please visit: http://www.treecouncil.org.uk/

If you would like to get involved in any of the Council’s volunteering programmes, please visit: http://www.harlow.gov.uk/volunteers for details.

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