Monday, 25 February 2013

Spade works ...

Two major events in March in the conservation area: 

Join us on Hilly Fields on Saturday 16th March to help plant over 70m of fruit hedge being donated by The Tree Council in recognition of the work of The Brockley Society Tree Wardens and local activists who are involved in promoting the health of our public space trees. 

The planting will be in the vicinity of the Hilly Fields Orchard (behind the stone circle) with volunteers gathering at the Hilly Fields Café at 10.30. ALL WELCOME. Wear sturdy shoes and be prepared for all weathers! A light lunch will be served at the café for morning volunteers (kindly provided by The Tree Council), then at 13.00, Jon Stokes, a knowledgeable expert from The Tree Council will conduct a walkabout in Hilly Fields and neighbouring streets to point out our notable tree specimens and talk about the challenges we face looking after them. We will wrap up about 15.00.

This project marks the highly successful and on-going relationship between The Brockley Society Tree Wardens and The Tree Council who are incredibly supportive of the work we are doing to protect and increase the stock and diversity of trees in the conservation area (and beyond). 

We have been greatly helped by the team from Lewisham Council's Green Scene (who are responsible for all green space work in the borough, including the maintenance of street trees), their contractors, Glendale, the hugely supportive Friends of Hilly Fields, and pupils and staff from Prendergast Hilly Fields College who will be helping to prepare the ground and plant the hedge.

Secondly, thirteen new trees will be planted in the conservation area to replace many street trees removed last summer due to disease. These have all been match-funded with local residents contributing 50% of the cost, and Lewisham Council the other 50%. More details of these plantings will be posted here, so stay tuned!

Anthony, Nicola, James and Eamonn
Tree Wardens
The Brockley Society

PS. See here for a report on the day

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