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Planting, Stage 2 – the Community day…

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So, the second – and final – stage of planting is underway.

It doesn’t seem that long since the first planting in March, but a world away in terms of planting conditions. I’m glad we didn’t know then how long it would be before we could ditch hats, scarves and gloves and one of the latest Springs on record arrived.This time around it was overcast, but the ground was soft and damp – and a lot warmer, so, hopefully, a good start for these trees.

Keinton Mandeville Primary School started us off on Thursday 14th November, followed by Oaklands Community School the next day and they made a great start between them. Saturday was the open community planting day and it was grim and grey – the sort of day when you might think sensible people would find better things to do inside, maybe by the fire – and really we had no way of knowing how many would turn out. A fantastic 50 did, though and an amazing selection of cakes – thanks to Hil, Liddy, Jessica and Margie – kept us going, so by the end of the session we’d got about 850 whips in the ground. All that despite Network Rail’s (seemingly) endless closure of the A371 between Castle Cary and Haddon Wood too.

This only leaves about 5,650 to go – thank goodness for the contractors who are finishing the job during the course of this week …and for Rose, who took proper pictures.

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One thought on “Planting, Stage 2 – the Community day…

  1. Great post & brilliant pics – thanks to tr3planter (well-deserved name, that one!) & Rose. It was a really good day, and considering we were 30 fewer people in than in March, when about 1050 were planted, and 850 were in by the end of Saturday there was a lot of graft. Btw Rose, I had to look up Elliott Erwitt – that’s pretty obscure….!

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