27th March 2023

Over 1000 trees planted at community event in Poulton Park

Around 70 residents mucked in to plant over 1,000 trees in a community planting event at Poulton Park.

Plant Poulton Park was a massive success this weekend as people of all ages took the future of the green space into their own hands.

People gathered at 11am in Poulton Park and began planting more than 1,000 small trees (whips) to create a mini forest in the park.

The trees planted included Alder, Silver Birch, Hornbeam, Hazel, Holly, Dogwood, Beech, Hawthorn, Crab Apple, English Oak, Sessile Oak, Bird Cherry and Wild Cherry.

Councillor Katie Vigar, Mayor of Bradford on Avon said: “Saturday’s tree planting was one of those wonderful community events that helps make Bradford on Avon a special place to live.

“It was a pleasure to see so many local residents of all generations, along with Councillors and Town Council staff, come together for a very enjoyable morning with a positive purpose.

“As they grow, the trees we planted will enhance the beauty of Poulton Meadow and provide environmental benefits for decades to come.”

The trees were planted following the Miyawaki method. Miyawaki forests are miniature forests often planted by community groups where dense planting aims to allow trees will grow more quickly, improve biodiversity and absorb more CO2.

Plant Poulton Park is part of our wider tree planting plans which will see nearly 3,500 trees planted around the town.

Next event: On Tuesday 28 March we are holding another fantastic tree planting event – and would love to see everyone there.

Everyone is invited to join us at 6pm at Poulton Park. All we ask is that you bring your own spade or trowel, gardening gloves and that you dress for the weather, including sensible footwear.

The works have been funded by a £96,000 grant from the Forestry Commission secured through Wiltshire Council.

Trees planted by members of the community at our Plant Poulton Park event on Saturday 25 March