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Nottinghamshire Tree Planters helps Southwell look to a greener future




More than 200 trees have been planted by a community group.

With the help of Nottinghamshire Tree Planters, Southwell Town Council has taken further steps to create a greener future.

Karen Roberts, vice-chairman of the council’s environment committee, and Nottinghamshire Tree Planters, which has more than 500 members, have worked together with 12 residents to plant more than 200 trees and hedgerow whips.

KAREN ROBERTS with Nottinghamshire Tree Planters organisers Sue Sipple (centre) and Sam White (right) on Frogatt’s Field, Southwell.
KAREN ROBERTS with Nottinghamshire Tree Planters organisers Sue Sipple (centre) and Sam White (right) on Frogatt’s Field, Southwell.

The replanting session took place at Froggatt’s Field in Southwell over the Easter weekend.

Karen said the trees, which were donated by energy company OVO, were species such as walnut, alder, chestnut and rowan.

“We are making new small woodlands and hedging in Southwell,” said Karen.

Town councillors Karen Roberts (left) and Peter Harris (right) were among those planting trees at Froggatt’s Field in Southwell.
Town councillors Karen Roberts (left) and Peter Harris (right) were among those planting trees at Froggatt’s Field in Southwell.

“We have planted trees and hedging around the play area in the Norwood Gardens and Ridgeway play area and now in Froggatt’s Field in the centre of the town.

“It is so important that we can make the town green and plant trees where we can.

“The town council is committed to looking after our trees for the long term and spends around £4,000 a year on maintaining them.”

Twelve residents joined the planting on Saturday afternoon, but the event was heavily oversubscribed.

Karen said another planting would be held later in the year when more hedges will be planted on Froggatt’s Field and elsewhere in the town. A location is still to be confirmed.

Froggatt’s Field was donated to the town by previous residents Richard and Elizabeth Froggatt, who lived in the adjacent Hill House more than ten years ago.

The fenced field is now used by residents to run their dogs off the lead, and the popular footpath which runs along the Dumble is now planted with trees for the future.



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