Celebrate National Tree Week in Honiton

PUBLISHED: 11:00 23 November 2016 | UPDATED: 09:10 28 November 2016

Tree planting at the Budleigh Community Orchard with the EDDC countryside team last winter.

Tree planting at the Budleigh Community Orchard with the EDDC countryside team last winter.


The campaigns hopes to see around a million trees planted nationally during this week.

East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) countryside team are gearing up for National Tree week which marks the start of the winter tree planting season.

Team volunteers will be working throughout the event week at Seaton Wetlands – from this Saturday (November 26) to Sunday, December 4 – to prepare for the planting of new trees at Honiton Bottom and later in the month, at Knapp Copse.

People interested in volunteering as part of National Tree Week are encouraged to join the East Devon Conservation volunteers and Countryside Rangers on Thursday, December 8 from 10am to 3pm for a day of tree planting on the Roncombe Valley.

The group will meet at Knapp Copse car park.

No booking is needed but volunteers are reminded to bring warm clothes, sturdy footwear and a packed lunch.

EDDC’s countryside team manages woodland sites and works with local communities in orchards throughout the year.

As well as planting trees and managing woodland for the benefit of local wildlife, the management plan of some nature reserves involves thinning out woodland.

At Holyford Woods the Countryside Rangers and volunteers have been thinning out a block of mixed woodland and removing conifers.

This process allows for natural regeneration of deciduous woodland which provides better habitats for wildlife.

Cllr Iain Chubb, environment portfolio holder for EDDC, said: “National Tree Week provides a great chance for people to be inspired to do something positive for their local environment.

“By volunteering with local organisations such as the East Devon District Council Countryside team and taking part in tree planting events, it is hoped that nationally around a million trees will be planted during this week, helping to restore our landscapes and provide habitats for wildlife.”

Those interested in finding out more about the work of the Countryside team and getting involved with volunteering can visit www.wildeastdevon.co.uk.

Alternatively, contact the Countryside team by email countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk or call 01395 517557

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