Late last year, Beavers from the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group joined forces with the Woodland Trust to plant a native hedgerow in the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve as part of the country’s Jubilee Woods project.
The hedgerow was planted in Savages Wood, under the guidance of volunteers from the Three Brooks Nature Conservation Group.
It was the second time the Beavers have joined forces with the reserve volunteers, building on their previous venture of raising money for and planting their own pear tree in the Community Orchard earlier in the year.
Katherine Robinson, Beaver Leader, said:
“We are proud to be joining forces once again with the volunteers from the Conservation Group, who have kindly let the Beavers plant their Jubilee Hedge in Savages Wood.”
“In such a special year for the country it will be really nice for these young people to look back and remember how they marked the occasion. As well as appreciating how important it is to look after our native woodland, it also gives them a vested interest in their own community that will help protect it in the future and secure bonds between volunteer groups.”
“Perhaps one day they will bring their own children to see the trees they have planted.”
More photos of the Beavers at work can be found on PicasaWeb.
Local residents of all ages have the chance to make their own mark on the nature reserve when the Conservation Group stages it annual hedgelaying weekend this Saturday and Sunday (5th/6th January). Meet at the tool store behind the Leisure Centre at 10am each day. More details can be found in in our What’s On guide.
The Woodland Trust is aiming to plant six million trees across the UK during the course of the project to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen in 2012. Schools and communities across the region are taking part by planting free trees provided by the charity.
Georgina McLeod, Head of Jubilee Woods at the Woodland Trust, said:
“We are delighted thousands of communities and schools are using our free tree schemes to plant more trees in their local area. Groups are transforming their neighbourhoods; growing their own fruits and food, creating shade and shelter, and providing new homes for wildlife. Through tree planting, schools are educating children about the benefits of trees and their importance for the environment.”
Photo: “Be prepared” might also be the motto of the Conservation Group!
[Ed: The planting event took place on Saturday 1st December 2012. Apologies for the delay in publishing this story.]