The Sherwood Forest Trust is working with the ‘Miner2Major’ Landscape Partnership Scheme to plant 10 ‘Heritage Trees’ – celebrating the special place that trees play in the landscape and history of the Sherwood Forest area.
On Saturday 24th July, the Trust was at Feel Good Gardens CIC, a community garden at Forestry Holdings next door to Sherwood Pines, hosting their third event as part of the Heritage Trees project.
Members of Feel Good Gardens – who carry out gardening at the site for therapeutic and wellbeing purposes – helped to plant six espalier apple trees, as well as a memorial tree. Members and volunteers grow their own fruit and vegetables on site, which they then go on to use in group cooking sessions and shared meals. So, as well as being good news for wildlife and birds, the planting of these apple trees will provide tasty benefits for the future.
Amy Chandler, community ranger for Forestry England, attended the event and gave a talk to members about the work Forestry England does within the area, focussing on the importance of trees for our climate, physical wellbeing and mental health. Gary Joynt from Major Oak Heritage Crafts gave members green woodworking demonstrations and led ‘have-a-go’ sessions.
The Sherwood Forest Trust hope that the event might become a joint annual event at Feel Good Gardens, working with members and the local community to emphasise the importance of trees and community co-operation for the future of Sherwood Forest.
The Sherwood Forest Trust is a registered charity based in Edwinstowe, and established 25 years. Their mission is to conserve and improve the native woodland and heath of what was once the Royal Hunting Forest of Sherwood and they want to help get people ‘hands-on’ with the landscape, nature and history of his special place.
With many people wanting to know how they can help counter climate change, and to do something for the environment, they’re busy planning to get out and about running ‘Seed Hunt Days’ and community tree planting days this winter. They hope local people will come out and give them a hand.
Interested? Email firstname.lastname@example.org who’ll get back to you with dates and details as soon as the events been finalised. Or keep an eye on their Facebook page, @sherwoodforestrust.