Monday, 10 December 2018

Volunteers and youngsters give green a spring clean

A TIDY-UP of Whitchurch’s green spaces has been completed.

Volunteers from the Whitchurch Habitat Study Group have planted four new trees at the village green.

They include a beech and a whitebeam to replace two dead specimens and a hornbeam and a silver birch, which were paid for by sponsors. Members also enlisted the help of nine volunteers from Goring Heath youth charity Path Hill Outdoors, which helps young offenders become involved in community projects.

Over four Fridays, the teenagers trimmed holly hedges on the green and mulched the leaves for fertiliser, planted hazel saplings at the village maze and cleared the undergrowth along a new footpath running beside Hardwick Road.

Sally Woolhouse, the group’s treasurer, said: “The mulching of the holly hedge was a long-outstanding task and the final part of the planting of the green. It was something we needed a large team of people for as it was quite a hard task. It was useful for the village and for the young people to do something where they could see some positive results. They were so pleased to be able to show people what they had done.”

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