Bucket full of saplings next to spade.
Ready to plant. 30 saplings and tree planting spade.

This morning we planted 30 saplings at Crabtree Fields to increase the density and amount of native hedgerows — including six crab apple trees.

In all we planted six each of crab apple (Malus sylvestris), hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), dogwood (Cornus sanguinea), dog rose (Rosa canina), and hazel (Corylus avellana). They were supplied free of charge by the Woodland Trust.

Tree labels.
Six varieties of native trees and shrubs were planted in the public park.

If you look in the park you will likely not notice them as they are only about 30cm tall or less. But they should grow another 30cm next year and in three years times they will start to form a thick hedge. In five years time they will start to blossom and may even bear some fruit.

This morning’s work concludes the first part of our winter planting project to improve the amount of native trees and shrubs in the public park. In December we will plant another 100 native saplings to complete this winter’s work.