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Volunteers plant 1,500 trees to help woodland grow

Leamington Editorial 20th Nov, 2017   0

THE VISION of late media tycoon Felix Dennis continues to grow.

Volunteers from Warwickshire Wildlife Trust (WWT) helped plant 1,500 trees, including including oak, sweet chestnut, black poplar, aspen and hornbeam, as part of the Heart of England Forest (HoEF) project.

It is looking to plant, protect and preserve a huge broadleaf forest across the heart of England – from the ancient Forest of Arden to the edge of the Vale of Evesham.

WWT project director Ian Jelley said: “We were delighted to kick start the 2017/18 tree planting season in support of Heart of England Forest. Warwickshire Wildlife Trust regularly host corporate team building days, and when the opportunity arose to organise something for our staff we thought it would be an ideal partnership.

“The Heart of England Forest is working at a landscape scale to create bigger, better, more joined up areas for the benefit of wildlife and people. That approach is perfectly aligned with the trust’s vision for a ‘living landscape’ and we were delighted at how much our staff enjoyed it.”

To date HoEF has planted 1.6 million trees which is 13 per cent of the way to its goal.

Mr Dennis lived on an estate near Stratford and left much of his fortune to the charity after he lost his battle with cancer in 2014.


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