The borough wide tree-planting project consists of 9 separate projects, five of which are nearing completion this planting season (October 2012 to March 2013) with 815 trees planted. Planting was delayed on several occasions due to bad weather during the autumn and winter including torrential rain, hard frosts and snow.
The second project to get going was at Mill Rythe Infant & Junior School, Hayling Island which is part of the Growing Together project. This is an intergenerational cooperation between Hayling Horticultural Society, Tree Wardens, schools and colleges. The 105 young trees (whips) for this project came from a local tree nursery near Winchester where the trees are grown from seed of local provenance. The whips which included Silver Birch, Oak, Yew, and Rowan were potted up and taken to the school’s tree nursery on 12 December 2012. The aim is to have a tree for each of the children at the school who will learn how to look after the trees with help from members of the Horticultural Society and Tree Wardens. Permanent homes for these trees will be found as and when needed. This intergenerational project will continue over the following two years with the planting of a further 200 trees.
The fourth tree planting project to get started this year was the planting of 11 street trees in Waterlooville and on Hayling Island. Three trees (2 Silver Birches and 1 Oak) were planted on 21 February 2013 on a large grass area on Elizabeth Road. The trees were planted by Hampshire County Council Highways approved contractors at the request of a local resident who will be looking after the trees.
Seven paper bark birches were also planted by the same approved contractors at Linnet Close to enhance the environment around a block of flats. This was also at the request of a local resident.
A Stone Pine was planted on 22 February 2013 at Eastoke Corner, Hayling Island. The tree was planted at the request of Hayling Island Tree Wardens in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The remaining 36 street trees will be planted next autumn/winter.
|Hayling Billy volunteers|
The other 4 tree planting projects which will be carried out in autumn/winter 2013-2014 are: Park Woods, Waterlooville; Brook Meadow Local Nature Reserve, Emsworth; recreation grounds in Emsworth and Bedhampton (Scratchface Lane and Hooks Lane) and Purbrook Infant School.
Want to get involved?
Help with planting and after care is needed especially at Hermitage Stream in Leigh Park, Hayling Billy Trail and at Staunton Country Park. If you would like to get involved and help with the planting and after care of more than 3,000 trees to be planted next autumn, please contact the Havant Borough Tree Warden volunteer coordinator.
View more photos of volunteers and trees in the gallery.