Ashley and Jacob checked and collected tree guards from 645 metres of newly planted hedge and cleared up the ones strewn about the fields. They worked so hard. Cardboard guards, although biodegradable, do not work, sadly, so we had to replace them with plastic guards to give the plants a chance. This is a natural environment where deer, badgers, and rabbits will want to eat the new growth! We have to weigh up the pros and cons here.
You will notice from the photos that we ‘mulched’ just 25 metres of the 270m we replanted. That was 25 heavy bags of it plus we need to transport it, another logistic to overcome. As you can see, planting is not a simple and easy task but it is a necessary one if we are going to fight both climate change and loss of wildlife.
The landowner we worked for wants things to change which is why he’s part of the Landscape Connections project. We are lucky that we live in an area where we all really care about our natural environment and we all want the same outcomes so do come out and help us!