Crays Hill Primary School pupils plant trees in Billericay’s ‘Forest of Life’

Schoolchildren from Billericay have taken part in a tree-planting ceremony at a community woodland dubbed ‘The Forest of Life’.

Pupils from Crays Hill Primary School planted five fruit trees in an in an Orchard at the Crays Hill recreation ground on Monday afternoon (March 20).

The ceremony was one part of a plan to create the largest new woodland in Billericay since the 1980s at the recreation ground.

The name ‘Forest of Life’ was chosen after Crays Hill pupils took part in a competition to pick the woodland’s moniker.

The forest, which has taken two years to plan, consists of nearly 2000 native trees and shrubs including Oak, Hazel and Field Maple.

This project, part of the Living Landscapes project run by the Essex Wildlife Trust, aims to restore, reconnect and recreate wildlife rich areas in rural and urban areas.

Although the land belongs to Basildon Council, who have supported the scheme, the forest has been paid for by the Veolia Environmental Trust and the Woodland Trust.

A large pond is due to be dug at the end of the month and a wildflower meadow will follow.

Although the land belongs to Basildon Council, who have supported the scheme, the forest has been paid for by the Veolia Environmental Trust and the Woodland Trust.

A large pond is due to be dug at the end of the month and a wildflower meadow will follow.

It is hoped the habitats created will be like a magnet to all manner of wildlife, with the trees providing oxygen, improved air quality, and helping to conserve water and soil.

Essex Wildlife Trust volunteer and Ecologist Nathan Hume said: “The project is a part of many other successful environmental improvements carried out by Essex Wildlife Trust volunteers over the past five years.

“Basildon Council have been fantastic and without their continuous support this project just simply wouldn’t have been possible.

“I would also like to thank Veolia Environmental Trust and the Woodland Trust for the funding we needed to undertake this project.”

 

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