Big Tree Plant Project
We value our volunteers
LtoR: Ian, Chrissy, Andy and Bruce creating a new oak woodland in Sherwood Forest
We only have a few staff and so people, or volunteers as some might say, are crucial to the work we do. Every winter we try and plant trees in the Sherwood area. So it’s beautiful when people who come out with us enjoy the experience, learn more about Sherwood and have fun. Here’s what Bruce and Chrissy thought when they came out to plant Sherwood’s newest oak woodland.
“We have just had a wonderful time planting oak trees with the Sherwood Forest Trust with two of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet, Andy and Ian. They made us most welcome –oh and not forgetting the dog.
We were originally looking for a present that was a little different for someone and thought about a gift of a tree. I rang the Sherwood Forest Trust who invited us to come along, plant a tree, take a photograph and make a donation. This is what we had in mind initially and we didn’t intend on helping at all but we are very glad that we did. What an experience it has been!! It is a great feeling to know that we have been involved in planting a woodland in Sherwood Forest for future generations to come along and enjoy –we are already saying that we are looking forward to showing friends and family in years to come.
We would like to encourage anyone who can spare a little time to ring them like we did and offer to help, after all it is something that is so worthwhile and benefits us all now and in the future.
Thank you again to the Sherwood Forest Trust for all your hard work. It is very much appreciated.
Keep up the good work. Bruce & Chrissy”
Awwwww thanks both, you are both AMAZING!!!!! Thank you.
What we did in 2014/15
This project is all about planting trees in more urban areas, and places that the public visit often. The towns of Mansfield and Newark have been the main areas to significantly benefit from the Big Tree Plant project, and smaller towns and villages such as Edwinstowe, Kings Clipstone, Huthwaite, Gedling and Mansfield Woodhouse have also been enhanced by tree planting. The sites in and around Mansfield had more capacity than first envisaged, as did the Greenwood planting sites and therefore we were able to plant an extra 739 trees more than our target of 2934.
The Sconce and Devon Park site couldn’t take as many trees as initially scoped out, Ransomwood had issues with ground preparation so couldn’t proceed. Walesby landholding didn’t have time to plant this winter so couldn’t proceed.
Despite having to fit the planting into a condensed planting period, we engaged with almost 300 volunteers , and several primary schools have been involved in the planting, along with community and friends of groups. We feel the community engagement and buy-in has been very successful. Our track record and ability to work in partnership with organisations has meant that match funding has been significant, and in kind match, such as tree protection, together with professional volunteer time has allowed us to plant 3673 trees in total.
One of the Deputy Lord Lieutenants of Nottinghamshire, Mrs Veronica Pickering, joined us at one of The Sherwood Forest trust planting days, and this has helped promote the scheme in the media.
We will be planting more trees during the 2014/2015 winter, if you have a potential location for a new tree then please get in touch with us.