Improving your Community through Trees

A tree lives for many hundreds of years – but it can also take many
months of planning to plant it! Planting a new tree is exciting, but do
you know how much planning is involved before the tree can go into the
ground? Lots of time is spent examining service maps, land owner
permissions and then checking what’s hidden below the surface.

There are four voluntary community groups planting trees across our
district: Trees for Seaford, Newhaven Tree Wardens, Lewes Urban

Arboretum and Greenhavens Network. All these groups are made up of
passionate people who volunteer their time because they care about
wildlife and their communities. It’s also a great way to spend time
outdoors and meet new, like-minded people.

As well as the cost of buying the trees, these groups need to raise
funds for caring for the trees, and training of volunteers. This year,
Trees for Seaford and Greenhavens Network worked together to fund eight
places on an intensive course – a legal requirement to enable the
volunteers to plant trees safely on highways.

Wilbar Associates – the course training provider – were really impressed
by the work of our tree-planting volunteers. So much so that they
arranged the donation of a CAT scanner and 4 safety signs in order for
the groups to be able to plant trees safely.

Karen Rigby-Faux, one of the volunteers on the course said: “Rob, our
trainer, was great at explaining how we can keep ourselves safe when
we’re planting trees on roads. I feel much more confident now in
understanding the legal requirements and the practical steps we need to
take.” In fact, Rob Richardson, Wilbar Associates trainer, hopes to
return to Seaford next year and join the volunteers in planting some trees!

Wherever you live in our district, there’s a friendly tree-planting
group nearby. All sorts of skills are needed – from planting trees,
scanning for underground services, to liaising with local residents and
organising events. Please get in touch to get involved.

Greenhaven Network; Greenhavens Network; (2) Greenhavens Network | Facebook
Trees for Seaford

Newhaven Tree Wardens
(2) BN9Trees Newhaven Tree Wardens | Facebook

Lewes Urban Arboretum, Trees Committee of Friends of Lewes

(2) Lewes Urban Arboretum, Trees Committee of Friends of Lewes | Facebook

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