After several weeks of intensive work to clear and prepare the site, the first rows of saplings were planted on 25th January and the final rows were planted just two weeks later, on 7th February.
Tiny Forests are dense, fast-growing native woodlands, planted in areas no larger than a tennis court. Due to the high density the trees grow very quickly and soon shade out the area, enhancing bio-diversity beneath. Our mixed planting consists of Alder, Beech, Birch (Silver and Downy), Cherry (Bird and Wild), Crab Apple, Dog Rose, Dogwood, Field Maple, Goat and Grey Willow, Hawthorn, Hazel, Hornbeam, Oak and Rowan. Our Tiny Forest is located in the North Field close to the public footpath that goes up to Alexandra Park. The site has been chosen as it is shaded and damp, is not good grassland/meadow and will not obscure the view when fully grown. This is another of our contributions to climate change and bio-diversity!
If you would like further information on Tiny Forests, please see: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jun/13/fast-growing-mini-forests-spring-up-in-europe-to-aid-climate