Spring into action

Today was the vernal equinox and what better way to mark the start of spring than to plant lots of trees?  So that’s exactly what Honiton Community College’s Eco Council did, with a little help from TTH.  Hedgerow plants of hazel, holly and hawthorn from The Woodland Trust were planted in a double row to form a hedge along an existing fence line.  These plants will be tended over the coming years to ensure that they thrive and will provide food and shelter for wildlife in addition to sequestering carbon from the atmosphere.

Carrying trees, tools, tree guards and fertiliser up to the planting spot.

Carrying trees, tools, tree guards and fertiliser up to the planting spot.

Before planting, Mark Pollard of EDDC directed everyone where to plant, gave us a description of what we were planting and went over the method of planting a hedgerow.  The first job after this was to carry everything we needed from the entrance to The Glen up to the planting site.

To ensure that the young trees get the best possible start, a strip of grass was cleared and prepared as a bed to receive the hedgerow and give the trees a head start on the grasses and other plants.

Removing grass from a wide strip by the fence ready to receive the young trees.

Removing grass from a wide strip by the fence ready to receive the young trees.

As the planting process involved several stages, teams worked together to dig, plant, fertilise, cover and water each plant before placing a cane with them ready to take the tree guard.  Everyone got to have a go at each of the stages and it wasn’t too long before 100 trees had been planted.

Digging, planting, fertilising, watering....

Digging, planting, fertilising, watering....

Mark Pollard pacing the hedge to measure the length.

Mark Pollard pacing the hedge to measure the length.

In all, 100 young trees were planted covering a 30m length of fence.  Transition Town Honiton and the Eco Council have pledged to maintain the young trees over the coming years to help them during this early stage.  How nice to be able to return after many years to see a mature hedgerow and know that you played a part in it’s creation.

Honiton Community College's Eco Council with Transition Town Honiton volunteers under the guidance of Mark Pollard from EDDC.

Honiton Community College's Eco Council with Transition Town Honiton volunteers under the guidance of Mark Pollard from EDDC.

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