It’s been a 5 month wait, but finally the Forestry Commission has approved our native woodland planting and confirmed that the grant payment will be in our bank account by the end of this month. By doing the planting ourselves we have minimised the costs and will have a few hundred pounds surplus to add to the community funds. Many thanks to everyone who volunteered.

Over the past months the trees have been busy growing away with some of the faster growing species (Wild Cherry, Rowen, Alder, Aspen) are already out of the tubes, some reaching 2 metres in height - amazing when you think back to those small seedlings we planted back in March.

Not all species race away, however. Hazel, Scots Pine, Elder, Blackthorn and some others like to take their time, initially putting their energy into creating a strong root system. These are the ones that are susceptible to being choked by weeds and bracken. Thanks to the volunteer weeders who came during July and August, we managed to rescue the majority of them so that they will be in good health and ready to put on top growth next year.

The photo below shows some of the Alder with Wild Cherry in the background.

Alder on the Kippford Community Nature Reserve

Alder on the Kippford Community Nature Reserve

Just to whet your appetite; the tree shown below is a Wild Cherry (Gean) growing along at Colvend. Planted as a seedling just over 5 years ago, it is already providing early spring blossom for the insects, sweet summer cherries for the birds and vibrant autumn colours just for the sheer joy of being a tree.

Example of Wild Cherry

Example of Wild Cherry

And the good news is ................ we have planted over 200 Wild Cherry trees across the Nature Reserve!