Help expand the wood-wide web!

It has been said that, to “soak up” our carbon history, every person in the UK should plant one tree a day for the next decade or more. We are very lucky to have two local sites offering tree-planting and -management opportunities.

(1) Rachel Berger is organising tree planting (a total of 700 plants!) at Frankleigh House on the following dates:

Sunday 26th January and 1st February (and 8th February, if needed) from 10.30 until about 3.30, with a soup-bread-and-cheese lunch provided (12.30-1.30). There will also be one weekday planting, on Wednesday 29th January.

If you’d like to help, even for a couple of hours, contact Rachel in advance as numbers will be limited, for ease of organisation. Please bring a spade. Children are welcome, but accompanied by a supervising adult.

(2) Avonleigh Orchards (BA15 2RD) are holding a series of volunteering events in January, open to all, at the behest of XR Bath. The farm is a sanctuary for much wildlife. It will be a great chance to see behind the scenes, ask questions and meet interesting people:

Thursday 30th January: Tree planting and hedgerow management

Sunday 2nd February: Pruning the orchard

Sunday 9th February: Pruning the orchard

Thursday 13th February: Tree planting and hedgerow management

All tools will be provided. Please do not bring your own as potential risk of bringing in pest and disease. Please bring clean work gloves, if you have them, and appropriate footwear. Teas and coffee will be provided but please bring your own lunch (secured tightly in a bag, as Jonathan’s cat is a beast!).

When: 10.00-4.30pm, with lunch between 1.00 and 1.30

If you are interested in coming please contact Jonathan

The nest-box building will be continuing on 26th January, as usual at (9.00-12.00). This month we will be finishing and siting the blue-tit boxes around the farm as part of our pest-control program.