Living Streets and The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees join St. Sampson High School students to plant hedge and trees

February 3rd, 2011 by Richard Lord

On the sunny morning of 3 February 2011 a group of students from St. Sampson High School along with members of Living Streets Guernsey, the Guernsey Bicycle Group, and The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees (MOTT) dug holes and planted hawthorn and a selection of trees including ash, lime, horse chestnut and English oak along the top of an earth bank bordering the Baubigny Schools pathway.

St. Sampson High School Students and other volunteers digging holes to plant a hedge of hawthorn and various trees (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

A bag of hawthorn ready to be planted (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Richard Loyd, Chairman of The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees, said that the hawthorn was grown from seed.

Men of Trees Secretary, Andrew McCutcheon said that hawthorn was hardy but the roots had to be kept moist at all times or the plant would die.

Deputy Tom Le Pelley, Richard Loyd of MoTT, and Vic Froome discuss the planting (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The heavy clay soil contained large stones and some pieces of tarmac, which had to be removed.

Planting and digging activity on the top of the earth bank (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Deputy Tom Le Pelley digs holes for the hawthorn to be planted (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Deputy Tom Le Pelley, Angus Bodman, and Living Streets Secretary Pat Wisher preparing the ground for planting hawthorn and a selection of trees (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The hole digging and planting began at about 10 am.  By 12.30 pm most of the holes had been dug but these holes still needed to be filled with a plant.  Two loads of wood chips were delivered, which will have to be spread around the newly planted trees.

The trees and the hawthorn and the wood chips were supplied courtesy of The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees.

Living Streets Guernsey, The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees, the Guernsey Tree Wardens and their friends are congregating again to finish the hawthorn and tree planting at 10 am on Saturday 5 February 2011.

Please come along to help if you can.  To get there, please go to the end of the Osmonds lane.  The turning is opposite Grow Ltd at Perry’s reference P9 H4/5.

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