Volunteers needed for community hedge planting

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A city church is holding a community hedge planting event tomorrow between 1pm and 4pm.

Holy Trinity Church, Old Wolverton, has received a free pack of 105 hedging plants from the Woodland Trust and is looking to for help to plant them.

The hedges will act as replacement for self-sown sycamores which were felled some years ago. It is part of the church’s aim to enhance the churchyard as a space for reflection and the enjoyment of trees and wildlife for the whole community.

If you would like to get involved, just turn up with a spade, if possible. Warm clothing and a pair of sturdy boots or wellies are advisable. Tea and coffee will be available in the church.

Reverend Gillian Barrow-Jones, Rector of Holy Trinity, said: “We love that our churchyard is so well-used and well-loved by our local community – from runners and ramblers to dog-walkers and families enjoying its peace and tranquillity. We’re really looking forward to a great community afternoon of planting and are delighted that this gift will help keep the churchyard available for future generations to enjoy too.”

John Tucker, Woodland Trust Director of Woodland Creation, added: “By teaming up with communities like Old Wolverton, the Woodland Trust is working to double our native woodland cover and enrich our landscape. It’s also great to get the public out planting trees, hopefully providing an enjoyable and rewarding experience.”

The tree packs have been generously funded by lead partners IKEA FAMILY and Biffa Awards and is supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.