Tree Planting

HEAT will soon take delivery of  840 tree saplings from the Woodland Trust. Volunteers needed!

– Please note, dates have changed due to lockdown restrictions –

Saturday 5th December and Thursday 10th December will now be planting days (Thursday 26th November will no longer be a planting day).

The trees will be planted as a Lockdown Woods on Freemans Marsh.

If you would like to help plant trees please email your name, the date/s you would like to plant and if you will be coming with anyone else. We will have a QR code for track and trace purposes on the planting days or will ask you to leave your name and number.

What to bring
Please bring a spade and wear suitable, sturdy shoes and gloves. We will be asking everyone not in a bubble to keep 2 metres apart, face coverings aren’t mandatory but you may choose to wear one. Please also bring your own refreshments. We will have hand sanitiser at the registration table.

When
9-12:30pm, Saturday 5th December.
9-12:30pm, Thursday 10th December.

Where
Meet at the gate at the end of Marsh Lane, RG17 0QN. We will be planting in Westbrook Down, which is the field to your left as you enter Freeman’s Marsh, on the other side of the railway line.

Would you like some trees?
If you are a community group, school or have some space to plant some trees, we have additional rowan, silver birch, common oak and field maple available. Please let us know ASAP if you would like some.

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.

HEAT is working on planting trees in and around Hungerford and have procured a large selection of saplings (rowan, silver birch, wild cherry, common oak, field maple, grey willow) from the Woodland Trust. If you have land where trees can be planted please contact us.

In addition we are talking to Richard Benyon MP about the potential for local landowners and farmers to plant more trees and also to local councils who own land where trees may be planted.

In 2019, HEAT supported Hungerford Primary School to help every pupil plant a tree.