We’ve been planning this for a long time and finally, the hard work of ACC members Sally Reynolds, Lucille Savin and Caroline Townsend has paid off. On Saturday 26-02-2022 the local community came together at Rye Farm Meadow to plant 420 trees. Permission to plant here had been given by Vale of White Horse District Council and this is the first of three mass-plantings we plan at this site.
It was gratifying to see so many folk coming together with this common aim and, amongst them, so many young families and children. The Woodland Trust donated all the trees more than a year ago and they’ve been heeled-in at Peachcroft farm while we waited for the council to devise their revised tree-planting policy. The tree guards were recycled from Besselsleigh Woods, thanks to Oxford Wood Recycling, who also jointly funded the tree stakes along with CAG Oxfordshire.
Saplings were planted at a 2-metre spacing which will allow some thinning once the trees grow. Varieties selected were Crab Apple, Downy Birch, Goat Willow, Hazel, and Hawthorn which should all grow well in damp areas such as here and will help the ground absorb water when it occasionally floods.
Abingdon Carbon Cutters coordinated the event and a few members of Abingdon Rotary attended (Rotary had planted 100 saplings on the site in 2018).