Sigma Wood commemorative stone unveiled at Guernsey’s St Germain Nature Reserve

June 5th, 2013 by Guernsey Trees for Life

Castel Primary school children from year 4, Deputy Robert Sillars, Minister of Guernsey's Education Department, Chris Stuart, Senior Manager of Sigma Solutions, unveil the commemorative plaque (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Castel Primary school children from year 4; Deputy Robert Sillars, Minister of Guernsey’s Education Department; Chris Stuart, Senior Manager of Sigma Solutions, unveil the commemorative plaque for The Sigma Wood, which Andrew McCutcheon of the Environment Department, and The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees coordinated. (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

A commemorative stone to mark the planting of The Sigma Wood at St Germain Nature Reserve was unveiled at midday on Thursday 6 June 2013.

The site was planted at the beginning of 2012 and is located at the eastern end of the St Germain site.

The Sigma Group wanted to provide a long term benefit to the Guernsey community. As it is a major supplier of paper stationery in the island, the company decided to create a new woodland as a way to achieve this aim.

The project was coordinated with the help of The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees who worked with the States of Guernsey Environment Department to find a suitable site, and arrange for the most suitable trees to be planted.

A number of pupils from the Castel Primary School who were involved with the planting attended the unveiling together with representatives from The Sigma Group, The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees, Castel parish douzaine, and the States of Guernsey Environment Department.

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On the left: Chris Stuart of The Sigma Group, Deputy Robert Sillars, Deputy Yvonne Burford; Andrew McCutcheon (white shirt) Secretary of The Guernsey Society for the Men of the Trees; with members of the Castel Parish douzaine; and Castel Primary School children involved in planting trees at the St Germain Nature Reserve (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees is delighted to be involved with the creation of Sigma Wood through the planting of 500 native and naturalised trees at the St Germain Nature Reserve.

The planting was a collaboration between The Sigma Group who sponsored the tree planting, the States of Guernsey Environment Department who manage the nature reserve, and The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees who advised and organised the planting.

English oak, Hazel, Common alder, Walnut and Lime trees were planted.

All the trees were planted at the eastern end of the field site with the help of The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees, Guernsey Tree Wardens and other volunteers.

The Sigma Wood on the eastern end of the St Germain Nature Reserve in Castel parish (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The Sigma Wood on the eastern end of the St Germain Nature Reserve in Castel parish (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The States of Guernsey Environment Department actively supports the planting of trees on the land it manages, where it can make a contribution to developing new habitat or enhance existing areas which support wildlife.

Where planting takes place as a result of a partnership between the Guernsey government, business and charities, it underlines the importance the public attach to trees and their benefits.

St Germain is a good example of a site once used for tipping waste which has been transformed into a nature reserve.

The planting of trees has been one of the main ways to achieve this change from sterile waste site to a publicly accessible green and living landscape.

The newly planted trees that make Sigma Wood will add to several trees that were planted after the tipping site was capped and reclaimed about ten years ago.

The majority of the nature reserve site will be retained as an open area to the west.

Deputy Yvonne Burford represented the Board of the States of Guernsey Environment Department at the unveiling of the commemorative plaque.

The Sigma Wood commemorative plaque at St Germain Nature Reserve where 500 trees were planted in 2012 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The Sigma Wood commemorative plaque at St Germain Nature Reserve where 500 trees were planted in 2012 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

 

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