Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Five years on and new woodland is flourishing

Five years on and new woodland is flourishing

AN area of woodland in Henley is thriving five years after it was planted.

Tilebarn Wood, which is a short walk from Tilebarn Close, was established at Forty Acre Field in 2011 when 224 hazel, ash, oak, cherry, silver birch and fruit trees were planted.

The scheme was the idea of the environmental campaign group Henley in Transition which was helped by members of Henley Lions Club, Henley in Bloom and the Henley Wildlife Group.

The woodland is devoted to public use and enjoyment. Supporters gathered on Saturday morning to plant two new oak trees on the land, which is owned by Henley Town Council.

Guests included Mayor Julian Brookes, Sally Rankin, of the Henley Wildlife Group, Malcolm Dodds, who was chairman of Henley in Transition in 2011, and his wife Gill, a former town councillor.

Mrs Rankin said: “A lot of work went into getting the project off the ground, so it was nice to mark the anniversary.

“The trees are doing fine but what’s really pleasing is to see another area being allowed to grow more naturally for wildlife. We need more spaces like that where vegetation is allowed to grow.”

Councillor Brookes said: “Anything which has a positive impact on our ecology is to be supported. This is a hidden gem.”

Part of the Forty Acre Field is also used as a quiet area by the Sue Ryder hospice at Nettlebed.

People can visit to remember and celebrate the lives of their loved ones on important anniversaries.

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