Help Colliers Wood Blossom

Join local tree-planting events

Volunteers are needed to help plant saplings around Colliers Wood during another series of tree planting events.

The Community Gardening Project of Colliers Wood Residents Association have been donated the mixture of hawthorn, hazel, rowan, silver birch, wild cherry and dogwood by the Woodland Trust.

Volunteers, including children from Singlegate School have already planted 150 saplings in the recreation ground, as well as about 40 saplings and more than 100 daffodils in the alleyway between Devonshire Road and Myrna Close.

Permission has been granted to plant them on several sites in Colliers Wood, including Wandle Park, the recreation ground, the alley to Myrna Close, the nature reserve, Pocket Park, around the bus stop opposite the library and at the back of the community centre.

Organisers are looking for volunteers to help them plant more saplings on Saturday (November 19th) from 10am to around 12 noon. They will be planting around the bus stop in the High Street between Byegrove Road and Tesco Express. They'll be joined by 16 volunteers from the Baptist Church in Queens Road.

The tasks involved will be to dig 60 holes of around 12 inches deep, plant the saplings and spread mulch. Volunteers will need to wear suitable clothing, work gloves and suitable footwear - walking boots would be ideal.

The project does have a wheelbarrow and tools but more barrows, spades and shovels would be welcome. Refreshments will be provided around 11.30am.

Subsequent tree-planting events are from 10am-12noon on the following dates:

Monday (November 21): Around the car park at the Colliers Wood Community Centre, 66-72 in the High Street with volunteers from the Challenge Network.

Wednesday (November 23): The Community Woodland in Wandle Park with staff  from Wilmott Dixon, the contractors who are building an extension at the front of the Holiday Inn.

Friday (November 25): "Pocket Park" at the corner of Robinson Road and the High Street.

Sunday November 27: Myrna Close Nature Park.

For more information, call Keith Spears on 07982 721 496.

November 18, 2011