Village puts down roots for a diamond year

A SPECIAL tree planting event takes place this weekend in Shilbottle, to honour the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Shilbottle Community Hall has received a free 105-tree pack in the year-round-colour theme from the Woodland Trust.

On Saturday, planting will take place in the field next to the hall for all villagers.

Anyone who wants to take part should meet at the hall at 2pm.

In just a few years, these new saplings will provide natural colour and help support local wildlife with food and shelter.

All free tree packs contain an exclusive Royal Oak sapling, which has been grown from an acorn gathered from a Royal estate such as Sandringham or Windsor.

This special sapling, along with 10 wild cherry trees, will be planted by the children in the grounds of Shilbottle First School before the Easter holidays.

The new extension to the cemetery will also see the planting of a hedge made up of hawthorn and possibly hazel from the pack.

Other species are rowan, birch, dogwood and cherry which will form a wildlife area in a corner of the field and a wind-break near the children’s playground, with the kind permission of Shilbottle Parish Council.

A spokesman from the hall management committee said: “Tree planting is a fantastic and fun way for us to do something lasting and meaningful in our local area to mark the Jubilee.

“We hope our trees will help attract wildlife and make a real difference to everyone who will see them.

“We’d like as many people from the community to come along and help us.”

Victoria Hodson, from the Woodland Trust, said: “We are delighted Shilbottle Community Hall is using our free-tree scheme to plant more trees.

“Communities are transforming their neighbourhoods, creating shade and shelter, and providing new homes for wildlife.

“This year, we are offering more free trees as part of our Jubilee Woods Project to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, and would love more communities to get involved.”

Any communities who want to apply for a tree planting pack should visit the website