Tree-mendous volunteer effort at Hathern Community Woodland

Published: Fri 9th December, 2022

  • Volunteers from the local community join idverde rangers to plant trees at Hathern Community Woodland

Over 1,700 trees have been planted by volunteers at Hathern Community Woodland.

Charnwood Borough Council recently announced it was planting around 14,500 trees to create the 15-acre woodland on council-owned land near to Golden Square.

The woodland is being planted by the Council’s open spaces partner idverde but residents were encouraged to get involved in community planting sessions.

Around 90 people took part in the sessions which were hosted by the Council’s open spaces partner idverde and The Conservation Volunteers (TCV).

Around 7,000 trees have been planted on site so far including those planted by the local community.

Cllr Jenny Bokor, the Council’s lead member for Loughborough and open spaces in Charnwood said: “It is fantastic so many residents got involved in the planting sessions. Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time.

“I hope residents enjoyed helping to create a woodland which will be enjoyed by future generations. I would also like to thank idverde and TCV who ran the sessions which gave people the opportunity to take part.”

Hathern Community Woodland is also expected to contribute to the Council’s commitment to become Carbon Neutral by 2030. It is estimated that after 30 years, the woodland will have the potential to capture up to 1,323 tonnes carbon dioxide.

The land off Golden Square in Hathern is a total area of 18-acres and are former arable fields which were used for growing crops.

The project is being supported by Hathern Parish Council and Forestry England.

The trees at Hathern Community Woodland are also being planted in support of the Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC).

Planting at the site is expected to be completed before the end of the year.

For more information about the woodland, visit www.charnwood.gov.uk/HathernCommunityWoodland

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