Community woodland is a tree-mendous idea

TREE FOR LIFE: Children from Bures Primary School, along with teachers, villagers and members of Bures Transition, have planted a new woodland in the village.
TREE FOR LIFE: Children from Bures Primary School, along with teachers, villagers and members of Bures Transition, have planted a new woodland in the village.

CHILDREN and community-minded parishioners have come together to create a woodland in Bures.

And children aged four and five from Bures Primary School have been able to plant their very own tree as part of the project – so they can watch it grow during their time at the school and beyond.

Katharine King, from the conservation group Bures Transition, said the group was planning to plant 420 new trees on village land at the end of Claypits Avenue and Tawneys Ride.

The one-and-a-half acre site, previously a crop field, was gifted to the village group by landowner Geoffrey Probert and has been prepared for planting by Bures landowner and farmer Dennis Ambrose.

Mrs King said: “The creation of a community woodland and orchard is finally under way and it is great to see lots of people involved with the project.”

Last Friday, 25 reception children visited the site to plant their own ash, birch, rowan, cherry, oak or fruit tree.

This was followed by a community planting party on Saturday morning, which was attended by more than 40 people who helped to ensure the young trees were firmly planted for future generations to visit.

Mrs King added: “The children enjoyed getting involved and everyone has a name label on their particular tree.

“As every child grows, they will be able to visit the woodland to see how their tree is doing.”

She said the hope was that apple pressing days would be held for the community in future.