Plant Britain was highlighted on Countryfile in November, it aims to inspire the nation to help protect the planet and fight against climate change. The goal is to plant 750,000 new trees within the next 2 years. This equates to the number of children starting primary school this year.
Wendover Arm Trust were so lucky, weather was great and planting was in progress when further Covid restrictions were issued which would have interrupted the event again! The 420 trees had been organised from the Woodland Trust before the campaign was advertised. The intention is to replace dead trees and scrubland with native varieties of whips (small saplings), planting the areas for future woodlands. John Reynolds organised the day, with 13 attendees including 3 from Inland Waterways Association Chesham Head Office on a team building event.
Due to the enthusiastic team, the whips were planted in record time, gates locked, tools packed away and all completed on Thursday 17 December. The types of native trees were Goat Willow, Crab Apple, Hawthorn, Hazel and Downy Birch.
Next year, WAT will be ordering a further supply of hedging plants, to fill in around the winding hole and any gaps along the Canal’s route.