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Tree planting volunteers - Lawrence Cox and Sharon Bianchi
Tree planting volunteers – Lawrence Cox and Sharon Bianchi

[O]ver fifty volunteers descended into the beautiful valley of High Borrowdale this week to take part in Friends of the Lake District’s Fell Care Force Tree Planting Day.

5,200 native trees are being planted on land owned by Friends of the Lake District land at High Borrowdale which is now within the newly extended area of the Lake District National Park.

Volunteers set about the task of creating an area of native woodland in the valley Alfred Wainwright once described as “the most beautiful valley outside the Lake District”.

It is hoped that the planting of hardy native tree varieties like alder, ash, oak, rowan, holly, hawthorn, and willow will enhance the habitats and landscape as well as assisting in stabilising erosion. This area witnessed numerous landslides during the storms of December 2015.

Ruth Kirk, Fell Care Project Officer said: “We are so grateful to all of the volunteers who gave up their spare time to help us with our tree planting task. Their efforts saw over 750 trees planted on the day which is a wonderful contribution to our target of 5,200 trees.

“We’d also like to thank a couple of local businesses for their support on the day. The Ambleside Hotel gave staff the opportunity to come along and help us with planting and Kendal Caravans were brilliant, providing parking for volunteers’ vehicles and hot drinks at the end of the day.”

If you’d like to visit High Borrowdale and help with tree planting, you’ll find more volunteering dates listed on Friends of the Lake District’s website at: www.friendsofthelakedistrict.org.uk/Pages/FAQs/Category/volunteer-work-party-dates

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