On Tuesday 12th April about a dozen island children planted around 40 broadleaf trees at the Community Orchard at Trenoweth, including field maple, hazel and rowan. This was organised as part of a Spring in to Scilly activity week for children on Easter holidays.
The soil was still damp and hopefully the trees will take well, providing shade, timber, food, nesting sites and much more in years to come.
Many thanks to Rebecca Steggles and Clare Lewis who organised the children, the Duchy for providing trees, stakes and tree guards and of course the children themselves for doing the work! Here's a photo of one of the planting teams.
Some of the blossom at the orchard is looking lovely - even though the trees are still young it's looking good. Do go and have a look soon if you can.
Note that the tree planting was part of a wider project in collaboration with the Isles of Scilly Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the RSPB and the Council of the Isles of Scilly Children’s Services