Elm tree planting continues

On Thursday, Friday and Monday, March 7th, 8th and 11th, the following members of the club got their hands, knees, etc. dirty planting more of the disease resistant Elm Tree saplings at IBM Hursley, Westgate and St. Swithun’s schools and finally the Royal Winchester Golf Course:

  • Dave Stewart
  • Dominic Hiscock
  • Giles Peck
  • Julian English
  • Colin Cook
  • Mark Butcher

Along with guests: Anna Stewart and Dave Pearson.

The weather was much kinder to the team than for the previous week’s planting at St. Peter’s School.

At Hursley, we were welcomed by site manager, Nyree Spencer and site projects manager, George Cooper. We worked alongside many IBMers working on a hedge with the Campaign for Rural England (CPRE), which is part of the scheme to create nature corridors between the New Forest and South Downs National Parks. They were attempting to plant 2,000 saplings in 1 day, but ours were bigger!

In the afternoon, we were joined by members of the Westgate School Eco team, who all got stuck in eagerly and got the job completed within 20 minutes! The holes had been pre-dug.

At St. Swithun’s School we were initially joined by pupils from the senior school, and subsequently by a 2nd shift from the Prep. school, all of whom were very keen to name their trees once planted.

The final planting of the season was at the Royal Winchester Golf Club, who we connected with as a plan-B, in case the schools didn’t come through. They did, but we decided to hold a few trees back, to help us build a relationship with the golf club, who we discovered have a huge amount of potential space for planting. We also learned the value of having a 4 wheel drive, off-road vehicle to get around the course.

In total, we have planted 51 Elm trees in 1 month! We look forward to the next tree planting season, either in the Autumn, or next Spring.

For more photos, see here for March 7th, here for March 8th and here for March 11th.

We’re awaiting approved photos from the two schools, which will be added to the linked folders in due course.

Finally, we would like to say a huge thank you to the Hampshire Forest Partnership who provided the majority of the trees, and were particularly keen to help once they understood our intention to work with local schools.

How many Rotarians does it take to plant an Elm Tree?
Elmer the Elm tree, at St. Swithun’s School
The crew taking a well earned rest

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