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Award Winning Trees Donated for Biodiversity

Bishopsmead's green space in Tavistock has gained from 26 beautiful birch trees kindly donated by Stone Lane Gardens.

Tree Planting

West Devon Borough councillors ably planted the trees at an event on Wednesday 27 April, helped along by Borough Council grounds staff and ParkLife SW.

The planting event saw 26 assorted birch trees, along with one alder, planted in the public area, which runs alongside the Tiddy Brook. The trees will greatly enhance the beauty of the well-used section of the National Cycle Network.

Cllr Neil Jory, Leader of West Devon Borough Council, said: "We are really pleased to be working in partnership with Stone Lane Gardens to plant a selection of birch and alder trees, in Bishopsmead, Tavistock.

"It is really satisfying that Paul and the team from the Garden Visitors Centre understand the need to invest in, and protect, our biodiversity for the greater good of climate change. We very much appreciate their very kind donation.

"Our staff will continue to work alongside all of our community partners wherever possible for the benefit of residents and visitors and we'll do whatever we can for the future of our environment. Every bit really does count."

The Borough Council continues to show its dedication to achieving its Climate Change and Biodiversity targets, working hand-in-hand with its partners and the community towards a net-zero West Devon.

Stone Lane Gardens, an RHS Partner Garden, are renowned for their national collections of Birch and Alder trees, which are the tree species generously donated for planting. They are also active members of the West Devon Climate Change and Biodiversity Community Forum and are keen to support the Council's Climate Change and Biodiversity commitments.

Garden Manager, Paul Bartlett, from Stone Lane Gardens, said: "Stone Lane Gardens are glad to be involved in this community tree planting project. Our trees are all grown in our Dartmoor nursery.

"As a small, local environmental and educational charity, we welcome the opportunity to educate people about the benefits of planting trees and hope that residents and wildlife will enjoy these trees for years to come." 

The trees were planted with suitable staking and guards with help from Parklife SW, a social enterprise company that supports community environmental projects. They will include a maintenance programme of follow-up watering to ensure their survival. 

Keith Rennells, Director of ParkLife SW, said: ""This is a wonderful project, and everyone really enjoyed planting these lovely trees from Paul's team with our West Devon Borough Council colleagues.

"It makes a real difference in terms of biodiversity enhancement and climate change mitigation to plant trees and there are enormous health and wellbeing benefits from being physically active, with like-minded people, in the great outdoors."

Stone Lane Gardens is a woodland and water garden just outside Chagford that is open 7 days a week all year round.

Published on 29 April 2022

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