Tree planting at Richmond School

JULIA AND HER TREE PLANTING TEAM

Led ably by Julia Carr, a team of enthusiastic volunteers  braved the fog and waterlogged ground to plant nearly 300 trees in just a couple of hours.

In years to come, these trees will form a magnificent backdrop to the new cricket pitch at Richmond School.

Julia thanked the team, saying:

Thank you very much indeed for giving this afternoon of your precious weekend up in aid of the Richmond Cricket Club’s partnership with Richmond School. You have created what will be a significant area of picturesque, colourful and atmospheric wood which will be an admired backdrop to the 8 cricket wickets that will be installed on the field next season.

As well as being much appreciated by the cricketers and their supporters over the years, the wood will provide a valuable environment for birds and wildlife, and also an excellent resource for school pupils studying environmental issues. As we plan several stiles into the area, walkers will also be able to walk through the wood, rather than across the pitches and wickets. The oak avenue will create a natural path through, and you may have noticed that we left a small area unplanted to develop into a glade in future years; maybe with a bench or two created by school DT students?

Here is a list of what you planted, to plan, today:

90 rowan
15 hazel
45 silver birch
15 dogwood (by the entrance to the field)
45 wild cherry
30 grey willow
30 field maple

A grand total of 270 trees in less than 2 hours - adding to the 15 hawthorn and 30 oaks planted earlier in the week!

Particularly notable was the performance of the young Baines brothers, Daniel and Jonathan, whose stickability and smiles motivated the older ones amongst us to keep going as we moved into the tougher ground conditions. Also Joan and Margi Irving for their support in keeping us supplied with tubes and canes to entice us along the site. And Stuart Irving, who was only in Richmond for a quiet weekend with his relatives!

Your motivation to complete the planting today means that I can phone the grounds department of NYCC and tell them that they are now not needed for planting next week.

We would like you to name the new wood. Please send me any ideas you may have, and we will then take a vote. The first suggestion is Wickets Wood. More please!

Finally, I hope you did your stretches when you got home at dusk, especially those of you who are stomping with the Swale Valley jazz band tonight in the Club!
— Team Leader, Julia Carr