Improving the Community Through Trees

by Guest Author Author - Greenhavens Network

A tree lives for many hundreds of years - but it can also take many months of planning to plant it! Planting a new tree is exciting, but do you know how much planning is involved before the tree can go into the ground? Lots of time is spent examining service maps, landowner permissions and then checking what's hidden below the surface.

There are four voluntary community groups planting trees across the wider Lewes district to the East of The Living Coast, Trees for Seaford, Newhaven Tree Wardens, Lewes Urban Arboretum and Greenhavens Network. All these groups are made up of passionate people who volunteer their time because they care about wildlife and their communities. It's also a great way to spend time outdoors and meet new, like-minded people.

As well as the cost of buying the trees, these groups need to raise funds for caring for the trees, and training of volunteers. This year, Trees for Seaford and Greenhavens Network worked together to fund eight places on an intensive course - a legal requirement to enable the volunteers to plant trees safely on highways.

Wilbar Associates - the course training provider - were really impressed by the work of our tree-planting volunteers. So much so that they arranged the donation of a CAT scanner and 4 safety signs in order for the groups to be able to plant trees safely.

Karen Rigby-Faux, one of the volunteers on the course said: "Rob, our trainer, was great at explaining how we can keep ourselves safe when we're planting trees on roads. I feel much more confident now in understanding the legal requirements and the practical steps we need to take." In fact, Rob Richardson, Wilbar Associates trainer, hopes to return to Seaford next year and join the volunteers in planting some trees!

Wherever you live in our district, there's a friendly tree-planting group nearby. All sorts of skills are needed - from planting trees, scanning for underground services, to liaising with local residents and organising events. Please get in touch to get involved.

Contact details for the groups mentioned:

1. Greenhavens Network greenhavens@yahoo.com Greenhavens Network | Facebook

2. Trees for Seaford treesforseaford@gmail.com facebook.com/treesforseaford

3. Newhaven Tree Wardens bn9trees@hotmail.com BN9Trees Newhaven Tree Wardens | Facebook

4. Lewes Urban Arboretum, Trees Committee of Friends of Lewes | Facebook

Greenhavens Network wants to make a difference to our communities, our open spaces, to wildlife. Our vision is to not only protect but also to enhance biodiversity, enabling our green spaces to teem with wildlife but not only that, we want to encourage as many people as we can to get out and enjoy, have fun in their fantastic spaces within their own communities.

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