Tree Planting (Mar 2020) – Updated

Some 400 trees will be planted in Hanley Swan on Saturday, 7th March starting at 10am, as part of the council’s project to make the parish carbon neutral by 2025. For this scheme, Howard Hutchings has kindly made land available in a field behind his house, The Grange, Roberts End, and native broadleaf saplings with stakes and shelters are being generously donated by Steve Harvey, founder of the Let’s Plant carbon neutral company.

The land will remain privately owned, but if you would like to be involved in this community tree planting activity please contact Malcolm Fare on:


Many thanks to everyone who turned up this morning to help plant trees in the field behind Howard Hutchings’s house, The Grange. It all went remarkably smoothly. Under the expert guidance of Peter Goodyear, the 20+ volunteers soon mastered the routine: make a small hole in the previously turned earth with a spade, insert sapling – mainly oak, but also including beech, hornbeam, birch, alder, lime and hazel – hammer in a stake, fit a plastic sleeve over the tree and tighten its two ties around the stake – then repeat 420 times. Within 2 hours the job was done and the workers were rewarded with tea/coffee and fruit cake from Carol Hutchings and freshly baked rock cakes from Angela Godwin.

Tree Planting