A positive action we can take, in these times of global concern and crisis, is to plant trees. My intention is to plant many trees this year, beginning with the field at the end of my street in Stroud, Gloucestershire, which I co own with a small group of like minded people.

So far this year we have planted over 400 trees,  mixed native hedgerow species, orchard trees, birch & oak.

Thank you to Stroud Valleys Project (SVP) 'Wild about Trees',  who are very active all over the district tree planting as well as many other 'greening' activities. SVP ran 2 hedgerow tree planting workshops for us on the land this February 2020.

Swifts View, Wild about Land, ran 2 further planting events, one to plant a sacred circle of silver birch and another celebrating international women's day to plant an avenue of oak and birch in order to fatten an existing old hedge line.

We like to add food, song and mindful movement to the planting days, making them even more nourishing & memorable.

In the Autumn we plan to continue the new hedge line and offer more community planting events.

Some events will be with the Swifts View group, 'Wild about Land' and some will hopefully be with SVP 'Wild about Trees'.

To Contact Swifts View, 'Wild about Land' please contact Dawn, dawn@shapeshift.co.uk 07894 711520, or Allison allisonbarnett99@gmail.com  07751027477.

To Contact Stroud Valleys Project 'Wild about Trees'  01453-753358 or pop in to the Eco-shop, at 8, Threadneedle Street, Stroud, GL51AF. Registered charity number: 900107.

To be arranged.
Location: Woodside, Summer Street, Stroud

GL5 1PW will get you close. Go to the far end of Summer Street, where it becomes Woodside. Park and walk to the green gate on the left hand side just before the road narrows into a lane.

Bring: stout footwear or boots (wet and mud !), gloves and warm winter wear.

Kneeling pads are useful (we have some).
Refreshments: We are planning to provide soup and herbal teas.

Please bring a cup and a bowl and any food or snacks you need.
To book:

Learn how, when and where to plant bare- rooted trees to benefit wildlife, and how to look after the young trees over their first few years to ensure maximum survival. We will be planting a hedge, using 2 to 3 year old saplings (‘whips’) on a field boundary, with species selected to pro- vide berries for birds, nesting sites and flowers for insects.