We are chasing a target of 14,000 trees planted by 2025 and, despite only starting just before Christmas, we are already up to almost 2,000 young tree whips in the ground. Having planted 725 with the National Trust at Combe Wood Far in Salcombe Regis and given away 300 for people to plant in their gardens, we were over the 1,000 by Christmas.
Already this month we have planted 450 whips on land near the Bowd with Parklife SW, a not for profit company that supports community planting schemes. The trees were on land cleared of dangerous ash trees by Devon County Council.
We have planted another 350 as a hedge in Sidmouth College. Helped by a group of students and Vic Clark from Sidmouth Rotary, the whips were provided by The Conservation Volunteers, another not for profit company that supports community groups with all sorts of environmental projects.
At the weekend we dodged the rain to plant another 100 among cleared larch woodland on Salcombe Hill.
By the end of February we hope to have another 800 in the ground, watch this space.