It will be exciting to see our plans to add diversity to our park actually take shape, and for our collective effort to make a little change for generations to come.
Our packs include holly, hawthorn, dog rose and hazel from the Woodland Trust, and Wayfaring tree, guelder rose, and dogwood (among others) from OVO energy. For the entrance on Homesdale Road, we’ve also got some ornamental dogwood.
The hedge is following expert recommendation, this hedge will enhance the biodiversity value of our park, not just with the little trees themselves, but by providing food and (when bigger) homes for our bats, bumble bees and birdlife. They will also give shelter for other plants and flowers that insects, like butterflies and grasshoppers, will love.
This is one of our projects to help us, as a community keep our park, as it provides a visible sign how much it is valued and used by the community. If you have any ideas you have for our park, please feel free to fill in the survey (http://friendsofhavelockrec.org/our-action-plan/)or just email us:
Our trees from the Woodland Trust have arrived! I can see holly (ouch), hawthorn and wild rose in there, so they’re going to be very pretty!
Thanks to Bromley Car Audios for taking our little trees in when I was at work, and thanks especially to Mandy for ordering them! It look like Dr Judy John’s recommendation of planting a hedge can really happen!
Exciting news! Mandy has successfully applied to the Woodland Trust for a hedge pack, and they are going to send us 50 “whips” (small saplings) to plant!
And, Caroline has applied to a project by OVO energy called “I Dig Trees” who are going to send us two packs of 50 trees (presumably, also “whips”, we will find out how big they are when they arrive) !
Having lost several trees on the park in recent years, the parks service’s supplier are going to replace ten of them, so we were thinking of using 5 of these to provide some height in our proposed hedge line (along the west side of the chain link fence) and 5 on the planned planting along the north side of the Homesdale Road entrance.
This is a wayfairing tree, one of species we expect to be delivered, along with the others, next month:
We are hoping to have some manure and maybe some compost arriving too, to help our little trees get the best start we can, in our park!
Below is a drawing of what the hedge might look like in future, and another of what we are thinking of for the north side of the entrance to the park from Homesdale Road, where we might put some berry trees and some ornamental dogwood to provide some winter colour: