PHOTOS: Volunteers help plant thousands of trees in Butterdean Wood Extension
A COMMUNITY vote saw a forest extension named Butterdean Brocksden as members of the public helped plant 8,500 native trees there.
Butterdean Wood, near Gladsmuir, saw schoolchildren and partner businesses join Woodland Trust Scotland for multi-day tree planting last week, culminating in a community day on Saturday, where around 100 volunteers of all ages attended help plant trees.
George Anderson, Woodland Trust Scotland, said: “A big thank you to everyone who planted with us during the week.
“There were some really wet days, but people got into the job anyway. We hope people will keep coming back over the years to see how their trees are doing. We hope to provide more public planting opportunities in the woods early next year.
The plantation allows Butterdean Wood to be extended to two new fields, with financial support from the Bank of Scotland. The trees are mostly oaks, but also include alders, birches, holly, hazelnuts, and rowan trees.
Alastair Seaman, Director of Woodland Trust Scotland, said: “We are very grateful that our partnership with Bank of Scotland has enabled us to add this new woodland area. It will be a wonderful haven for humans and wildlife, but also a carbon store to help fight climate change.
Philip Grant, chairman of the Scottish executive committee of Lloyds Banking Group, said: “Over the next 10 years, Woodland Trust Scotland and Bank of Scotland will plant thousands of trees together as part of a wider partnership across the country. I am delighted that we can support the creation of new woods at Butterdean as part of this partnership. ”
An online vote saw the name Butterdean Brocksden chosen, in honor of a long-established large badger nearby.