In 2020 HEAT were involved with planting over 1000 trees in and around Hungerford and we would like to do more in 2021!
Do you have some land where trees could be planted?
If you are a community group, school or an individual with some land to plant trees, please do get in touch and we will be happy to help organise a planting event!
Hungerford’s ‘Lockdown Woods’
On Saturday 5th December 2020, groups of socially distanced volunteers planted more than 800 tree saplings on Westbrook Down, an area of Freeman’s Marsh in Hungerford.
A first group of 30 volunteers arrived shortly after 9am when the planting began, and were followed up by another group of 15 or so volunteers at 11am. By 1.30pm, all the trees had been planted.
Westbrook Down is an area of land owned by the Town and Manor of Hungerford, and was offered by the T&M as a space where these trees could be planted following the necessary felling of several established Ash trees suffering from Ash dieback.
The event was organised by HEAT alongside St Lawrence’s Church and Friends of the Earth – Newbury. Most of the tree saplings were provided by The Woodland Trust however volunteers also brought along saplings which they had nurtured in their own gardens.
Native tree species planted included Hawthorn, Goat Willow, Hazel, Downy Birch, Damsen, Blackthorn, Walnut, and Crabapple.
Planting trees helps offset carbon emissions as trees absorb carbon dioxide and emit oxygen, thereby reducing greenhouse gases which cause climate change. For details please see this article by Dr. Mike Morecroft who lives in Hungerford and works for Natural England, is an Honourary Research Associate at Oxford University, and a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
In the 2019, HEAT supported Hungerford Primary School to help every pupil plant a tree.