Branching out to help wildlife

HELPING HAND: From left, Stuart Ramsey, deputy branch manager of Waitrose and Jane Hatton, from Transition Sudbury, joins Woodland Bats group members John Hughes, Peter Clifford and Adrain Osborne at the tree planting.
HELPING HAND: From left, Stuart Ramsey, deputy branch manager of Waitrose and Jane Hatton, from Transition Sudbury, joins Woodland Bats group members John Hughes, Peter Clifford and Adrain Osborne at the tree planting.

A NUMBER of native trees were planted in Sudbury this week as part of a project to encourage more wildlife in the centre of town.

Environmental group Transition Sudbury organised for several trees to be planted to keep Sudbury green.

The young trees were donated by Woodland Bats, a wildlife and environment group from the town.

Project manager Jane Hatton said: “The Woodland Bats group grows the trees from scratch so the group gave us a selection of native trees, including hollies, cherries and silver birches.

“The idea is that it will encourage more wildlife and the berries from the hollies will help feed the birds in winter.”

Sudbury’s Waitrose store donated a strip of unused land at the rear of its site in Station Road for the trees to be planted on Monday.