Funding from the International Tree Foundation helps enhance Pit Wood for years to come

ITF Planting 7 - 11-02-15

One-thousand trees are being planted at Pit Wood, part of Ham Hill Country Park thanks to a grant from the International Tree Foundation (ITF).

Hazel, oak, rowan, hawthorn, field maple and wayfaring trees are being planted by Rangers from Ham Hill Country Park, volunteers and representatives from the ITF today (Wednesday 11 February). The trees will ensure that the woods are enhanced for years to come.

Ranger Paul McNeill and the Friends of Ham Hill Country Park submitted an application to the ITF for £1,000 of funding to help purchase new plantings for Ham Hill Country Park. The plantings are to form part of a project to restore Pit wood to its historic size, shape and diversity. Ranger Paul McNeil explained, “Over the past few years we have worked with our volunteer team to thin out sycamore trees that were outcompeting other species in Pit Wood. At the end of last winter we reached a point where we were able to replant with a native mix of trees. This significant grant from the ITF means the site will be improved for wildlife and be a better reflection of the historic landscape of the area”.

ITF Planting 1 - 11-02-15

On Saturday February 14th, members of the public have the opportunity to help with tree planting to help restore Pit Wood. If you would like to help; meet the rangers in Lime Kiln car park at Ham Hill at 9.45am or make your way to Pit Wood for 10am. The rangers will be onsite and planting between 10am – 2pm. Just wear old clothes, and if you have a spade please bring one!

Councillor Sylvia Seal, Portfolio Holder of Leisure and Culture said, “We are very grateful to the International Tree Foundation for the funding they have provided to help us restore Pit Wood. May we also thank our wonderful volunteers who have so far helped because without you, it would have been a much longer job”.

Photo 1: Ham Hill Country Park Rangers, volunteers and representatives from the ITF gather for a group photo at Pit Wood

Photo 2: Volunteers help to plant new plantings at Pit Wood, part of Ham Hill Country Park