Successful Parish Council application takes root
Part of Hampshire County Council’s commitment to tackling climate change is to increase tree planting in the county. They explain that trees bring profound social, economic, and environmental benefits to all.
In the summer of 2022 the Parish Council successfully applied to the County’s ‘Highway Tree Planting’ scheme and, after inspections in the village, a new collection of trees has recently been planted in Heatherfield.
There have been some changes to the species initially envisaged and so it is understood that a crab apple (Malus sylvestris), a hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata) and a naturally occurring hybrid of whitebeam and rowan (Sorbus x thuringiaca) have been planted.
These trees should provide food and shelter for wildlife in many months of the year as well as being good for the planet and attractive to humans!
The new trees will be on a cycle of maintenance by the County Council, including regular watering, but they say that they always welcome residents putting a bucket of water over the new trees, particularly during prolonged, dry periods.
Information about the County Council’s Climate Change Strategy can be found here.