130 trees were planted at Tilebarn Wood (off Tilebarn Close) on Sunday morning by volunteers from Greener Henley and members and families from 1st Henley Cubs and Scouts.
The tree planting is part of the Trees for Henley project to plant 12,000 trees in Henley to reduce the town’s carbon footprint. On Sunday oak, beech, silver birch and hornbeam trees were planted which were donated by The Conservation Volunteers.
Patrick Fleming who headed up the planting said, “We’ve added to the 100 trees here that were planted in 2011 by schools. We’ve planted them 2 metres apart in a random formation. This area is now full for trees and we’ve kept the right hand corner as a meadow for insects and pollinators and to protect the wildflowers growing there. We’ve also cleared away old stakes and tree guards from the existing trees.”
Tilebarn Wood is shared with Sue Ryder who have a woodland area where people can plant a tree in memory of their loved ones. Patrick added, “We’ve had some preliminary chats with Sue Ryder and we hope to formalise a partnership with them that we look after the whole area for them.”
More Trees for Henley projects will include the planting of 16 trees in Tilebarn Close around the flats and at Henley Town Football Club’s Triangle ground in Mill Lane. Greener Henley are also discussion with the Town Council about a planting plan on Marsh Meadows. On Saturday, they also hosted a stall on Market Place which was really successful, giving away 40 trees to residents to plant in their garden that were donated by the Woodland Trust. Orders were also taken from residents for more trees that the stall had run out of.
Martin Chidwick a member of Greener Henley said, “I first knew about the wood about a month or so ago when we came to scope it out. I think it is important to plant trees because it is something that is very tangible that we can do that helps with the solution to climate change. I think this is a drop in the ocean for the number of trees that need to be planted but if all communities get together and start doing initiatives like this then we’ll get there. It is so important that everyone contributes.”