Volunteers wanted to plant trees at Shepherd's Dene
500 trees are being planted at Diocesan Retreat House Shepherds Dene and the Warden, George Hepburn, seeks volunteers to help him on Saturday 17th November.
The riverside woods along the Marchburn at the western end of the Shepherds Dene were cleared in the spring of pine and douglas fir trees planted as a crop probably in the thirties. The work was funded by the Forestry Commission on condition that native species were planted to create a new woodland. The new trees have been selected by Peter and Rosemary Dodd, who have managed the project, and include oak, ash rowan, alder and willow.
Shepherds Dene is also offering a novel way to solve the Christmas present challenge. Individual trees can be sponsored for £5 and given to friends and loved one as Christmas presents.
Details of the 17 November and of tree sponsorship from on 01434 682 212 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The friends of Shepherds Dene worked very hard over a weekend in July to prepare the site and the clearance was completed by volunteers from the Newcastle solicitors firm, Muckle LLP, on a Sunday in October. The gang from Muckle, led by partners Jonathan Dunkley and Hugh Welch are pictured.
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