The Ballabeg Planting 15/11/15

Muddy hands make light work copySometimes things conspire for the best… Wet land and water-loving trees. We had decided to plant 200 black poplars at the Trust’s field at Ballabeg. Why black poplars? Well, they are under threat. According to the The Forestry Commission, it is the most endangered timber tree in Britain. It has suffered from the lack of wetland areas, which have been progressively been drained over the last few hundred years. There may be fewer than 7,000 mature black poplars left in the UK.

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Ballabeg Tree Planting 15/11/15

Triumphant HarryTree Planting at Ballamaddrell, Ballabeg at 11.00 a.m. on Sunday, 15th November 2015

We are continuing planting trees in the lovely field at Ballamaddrell, Ballabeg.  This time we will be planting 200 Black Poplars (which are in serious decline in the U.K. due to land drainage schemes) and 50 Wild Cherry trees.  All the Alders, Downy Birch, Norway Maples, Wild Cherry and Aspen trees previously planted in the field appear to be thriving, so we are creating a wonderful mixed habitat for wildlife.

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Tree Planting Smeale 27/9/15

Planting overTree planting at Smeale, Near Andreas at 11.00 a.m. on Sunday, 27th September 2015

For our first outing this Autumn, we have been asked to plant more trees at Knock-e-Nean, Smeale, near Andreas, to augment the planting we did there in April this year.  We will be planting in fields which have easy access, so no great hills to climb or distances to tramp, and the soil is wonderfully easy to dig.

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