Putting down roots – Sidmouth Arboretum leads tree planting programme

PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 February 2020 | UPDATED: 13:23 24 February 2020

Peter Daniels, Graham Hutchinson,  Ed Dolphin, Jenny Ware and Des Kelly at the Tree planting event in Stowford Rise. Ref shs 07 20TI 8404. Picture: Terry Ife

Peter Daniels, Graham Hutchinson, Ed Dolphin, Jenny Ware and Des Kelly at the Tree planting event in Stowford Rise. Ref shs 07 20TI 8404. Picture: Terry Ife

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A major tree planting programme is under way in Sidmouth.

Ed Dolphin on wheelbarrow duty. Ref shs 07 20TI 8438. Picture: Terry IfeEd Dolphin on wheelbarrow duty. Ref shs 07 20TI 8438. Picture: Terry Ife

The latest stage of the initiative took place on Friday, February 14, when a mix of trees were planted at the top of Stowford Rise.

Members of Sidmouth Arboretum, town councillors and volunteer helpers planted several trees including an English oak and a monkey puzzle.

They also created a hedge of various native species including hornbeam, hazel and wild rose.

This was the third of 20 tree planting sessions to be carried out in locations around Sidmouth, organised by the arboretum and the town council's environment committee.

Moving the mountain of mulch. Ref shs 07 20TI 8436. Picture: Terry IfeMoving the mountain of mulch. Ref shs 07 20TI 8436. Picture: Terry Ife

They have already planted at the large patch of land near The Bowd and an area beside Stowford Community Centre.

The next event will be the planting of a new community orchard next to the Stowford Community Centre on Friday, February 28.

The arboretum team will be joined by children from Sidmouth Primary School, who will be entertained with storytelling by local author Jo Earlam.

Ed Dolphin puts his back into it. Ref shs 07 20TI 8433. Picture: Terry IfeEd Dolphin puts his back into it. Ref shs 07 20TI 8433. Picture: Terry Ife

John Ball breaking up the soil. Ref shs 07 20TI 8426. Picture: Terry IfeJohn Ball breaking up the soil. Ref shs 07 20TI 8426. Picture: Terry Ife

Ian Barlow and Deirdre Hounsom with some of the hedge to be planted. Ref shs 07 20TI 8429. Picture: Terry IfeIan Barlow and Deirdre Hounsom with some of the hedge to be planted. Ref shs 07 20TI 8429. Picture: Terry Ife

Penny Ball planting a hollly bush. Ref shs 07 20TI 8422. Picture: Terry IfePenny Ball planting a hollly bush. Ref shs 07 20TI 8422. Picture: Terry Ife

Peter Daniels digging out a hole for one of the trees to be planted. Ref shs 07 20TI 8417. Picture: Terry IfePeter Daniels digging out a hole for one of the trees to be planted. Ref shs 07 20TI 8417. Picture: Terry Ife

Ed Dolphin with a Tulip Tree. Ref shs 07 20TI 8411. Picture: Terry IfeEd Dolphin with a Tulip Tree. Ref shs 07 20TI 8411. Picture: Terry Ife

Des Kelly and Jenny Ware hedge planting. Ref shs 07 20TI 8408. Picture: Terry IfeDes Kelly and Jenny Ware hedge planting. Ref shs 07 20TI 8408. Picture: Terry Ife

Graham Hutchinson with one of the trees to be planted. Ref shs 07 20TI 8406. Picture: Terry IfeGraham Hutchinson with one of the trees to be planted. Ref shs 07 20TI 8406. Picture: Terry Ife


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