Woodland Trust Trees
On Sunday 11th November 2012, Hawkenbury residents planted 420 trees from the Woodland Trust to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The weather was spectacular – the camaraderie and sense of community spirit was better still. We planted an avenue of silver birch within the play area alongside the Astroturf, which will in time grow to shield the silver fencing. Some rowan and hazel were planted in the ‘old pond’ area as well as the area between the tennis courts and Sherborne Close.
The remaining trees have been used to create a tree nursery in the bowling green area. This is a ‘holding area’ to allow replacement of any trees that fail and to allow the saplings to grow until they can be placed in a suitable location. The Pavilion is scheduled to be re-developed in 2013 and we intend to use many of the trees from the nursery to create a feature once the works are complete.
The Royal Oak has been planted in a secret location and will be allowed to grow happily and safely. We are hoping to obtain private money to fund an inscribed oak bench to surround and protect the Royal Oak. Once funding has been secured, the Royal Oak will be re-planted in the Rec.
A huge thanks to all who turned up and helped and also to those who were unable to help but volunteered equipment. Thanks also to Peter Every who was instrumental in the success of this project and to Dan Docker who lent his expertise on the day. A great example of our Council and residents acting together for the benefit of the community.