The Woodingdean Woodland Project is starting to sprout. The first-ever Action Day event was held on Sunday 14th July at the Woodland site by the Cemetery. It was a great success with twenty-six members of the local community aged between 13 and 80+ coming together to give the trees some love and attention.
Learning from Paul the Council Ranger
Paul Gorringe (Brighton and Hove City Council Ranger) talked to us about how to prune the damaged trees properly to encourage new growth and minimise the risk of disease. We started a woodpile to encourage bugs and beetles who are great pollinators. Paul found us a Cinnabar Moth caterpillar which was very exciting. We discussed ideas on how to increase the biodiversity of the area such as planting some smaller fruiting shrubs and trees such as apple, plum and cherry. In time we hope to re-introduce chalk downland wildflowers too which will attract even more wildlife.
A job well done and lots of fun
We worked across the whole site, removing damaged branches, outgrown tree guards and picking up litter. Everyone enjoyed getting stuck in and chatting over tea, fruit and biscuits. (Kindly provided by The Woodingdean Tenants and Residents Association- thank you). By the time we had finished the trees looked healthy and cared for and we had lots of fun in the process. A job well done.
A wonderful urban oasis
It was an amazing day, bringing together local people who are passionate about conserving wildlife, learning new skills and creating a wonderful urban oasis for everyone to enjoy now and in the future. Next steps will be to meet over the Summer to do more tree care and to discuss ideas for the site. We will then develop a Management plan together so that we have a clear direction and purpose moving forward. Everyone is welcome to get involved and help shape what we do next- do come and join us!
Like to get involved?
If you have any queries about the trees or would like to find out more about the Woodingdean Woodland Project please contact Clare on: firstname.lastname@example.org or go to Woodingdean Woodland Group on Facebook for updates.