The ReLEAF project plants their first trees in Haddenham

A group of volunteers from Haddenham's reLEAF team planted five trees on Saturday March 7 on a small patch of parish council owned land on Sheerstock.

By Thomas Bamford
Monday, 9th March 2020, 2:11 pm
Updated Monday, 9th March 2020, 2:13 pm

The group have planted four varieties of apple tree: Discovery, Braeburn, Lanes Prince Albert, Reverend Wilks and a Hazel nut tree.

They are hoping the trees will be 'productive' in a couple of years and supply anybody locally who would like to help themselves to a few apples or nuts.

Each tree will need 2 watering cans of water every week until the leaves fall off in the autumn, and the same again next year from March onwards.

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A group of volunteers from Haddenham's reLEAF team planted five trees on Saturday March 7 on a small patch of parish council owned land on Sheerstock.

And the reLEAF group is looking for volunteers.

A spokesperson from the group said: "We are ideally looking for someone who lives nearby to water the trees.

"We're hoping to allocate a carer for each one of the new trees - please get in touch and we can let you know which tree doesn't yet have a carer!

"This is the first planting session, with many more to come over the next ten years.

"We hope to plant food producing trees wherever they won't drop their fruit or nuts onto roads or pathways.

"We will be planting roadside trees too once we have established which verges are suitable with the county council."

The reLEAF group are hoping to work with schools businesses, community groups and land owners in a bid to double tree cover across the parish, in a bid to tackle the growing climate emergency globally.

The spokesperson added: "Tree planting is not only a powerful climate change solution it is cheap, available now ‎ and everyone of us can get involved."

If you'd like to get in touch and join the project please email [email protected]

Or if you'd like to donate, please visit www.zeroch.org/donate