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Whitelands Way Copse – trees growing well

  • Author: Editor
  • Published: 24th June 2022
  • Categories: Blog, Business, Clanfield

Whitelands Way Copse – trees growing well

Local residents are asking “What’s happening at Whitelands Way Copse? It looks very overgrown in that fenced area. Is anyone looking after the trees planted last year?”

The answer to these questions is that the trees are doing well and being watered and maintained by local volunteers. The grass and wild flowers have been allowed to grow, to support the national campaign to ‘cut less and later’ for nature to thrive. No Mow May The wildflowers within the fenced area are a haven for bees, butterflies and other pollinators; whilst the long grass provides cover and food for small mammals. The grass, around the saplings, is cut back regularly to encourage growth and later in the year the whole area will be mown.

The Clanfield Working Group (CWG), set up by the Parish Council, is a volunteer team who planted up this new wooded area of 150 trees last autumn. They continue to care for the beech, oak, hazel, yew, field maple and guelder rose sapling amongst other native species. CWG spokesman Russell Cleaver commented “The native trees will create a valuable small wood to benefit wildlife. We’ve left the grass to grow between the trees to encourage biodiversity.

CWG also masterminded the planting of three trees nearby, to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Funded by Clanfield Online and cared for by the same volunteers these trees, a hornbeam, liquidambar and tulip tree, noted for their autumn colour, were planted by the Parish Council chairman and Holly Walton of Clanfield Trade Centre Charlie's.

If you would like to volunteer to assist the CWG please contact us via Clanfield Parish Council.

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