Dig deep for tree-mendous cause

Get back to nature in Osgodby
Get back to nature in Osgodby

NATURE fans can branch out this weekend and join a grass roots, or even tree roots, project.

The Forestry Commission is set to plant 15,000 trees in Osgodby Wood as part of a long-term plan to broaden wildlife habitats.

And now local people are being given chance to get the ball rolling by joining a special planting day this Saturday, March 5, from 10am to 4pm.

Larch, rowan, oak, and pine all need to be planted by hand before the weather warms up and roots become active.

Forester Wally Grice said: “We are planting more broadleaf trees and creating open spaces to make the wood an even better place for wildlife.

“We have a really active local community around Osgodby and the planting day is a great way for people to get involved in the future of their local wood.”

Osgodby Wood was planted in the 1950s, on land used as a military camp, by soldiers charged with protecting Lincolnshire’s air fields.

The planting on Saturday will re-stock a three-hectare area of the wood, which was felled a couple of years ago.

Small mammals thrive in such habitats and so forest chiefs left so-called eco-perches, 20 foot tree stumps, in situ to provide a perch for buzzards, kestrels and owls to scan a rich hunting ground.

Refreshments and jacket potatoes will be provided for volunteers at the tree planting day, but take along your wellies or sturdy footwear, warm clothing and a spade if you have one.

To take part, contact Hannah Darcel on 01623 821452 or 07789 942599.

Alternatively email hannah.darcel@forestry.gsi.gov.uk .