Local people invited to help plant a new woodland

Tree Planting Event- Lubenham February 24th


Three wildlife charities are inviting local people to help create a new woodland in the village of Lubenham by attending a community planting event on Saturday 24th February from 10am to 1pm.


Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust, the Woodland Trust and the Welland Rivers Trust are working in partnership to create the new woodland in an area of south Leicestershire that has very little existing woodland cover.


Simon Bentley, Director of the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust said, “The Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust was delighted to receive the generous gift of a field in Lubenham during 2016. It extends over three acres and lies alongside the River Welland and adjacent to Lubenham All Saints Primary School. The field has been grazed in the past but is ideal for creating a community woodland, which will deliver real benefits for both wildlife and local people.


“Local people are invited to come along between 10am and 1pm on the morning of Saturday 24th February to assist with the woodland planting. No previous experience is required as experts will be on hand to provide guidance and tools will be provided. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear and, if you are coming by car, please park sensitively in the village. The entrance to the field is at the eastern end of Old Hall Lane.”


Stuart Holm, Woodland Creation Adviser for the Woodland Trust said, “The Woodland Trust is delighted to be providing 1,500 native UK broadleaf trees and shrubs to create a natural looking woodland that will develop well on the loamy clay soil and offer benefits to wildlife in different ways. Species will include alder, aspen and oak plus hazel and spindle and will be young bare root saplings. Areas of open space will also be incorporated in the new woodland.”


Geoff Gilfillan, Project Officer for the Welland Rivers Trust said, “The Welland Rivers Trust is pleased to support this project to enhance habitat, wildlife and water along the River Welland – a small, but in parts beautiful, river forming much of the county boundaries between Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire. The new woodland will be a valuable natural asset.”


The Rotary Club of Market Harborough has also provided generous funding to support the project.