Transition Bournemouth have acquired a number of young whips (small trees and shrubs) from the Woodland Trust and have liaised with Bournemouth Borough Council so that we can plant them in order to re-establish hedgerow habitat in the Slades Farm recreation area at Ensbury Park. They include hazel, elder, crab apple and dog rose, all of which produce fruits which we can use. (I know hazels produce nuts, but in practice they will produce hazelnut-flavoured squirrels as it is very close to Talbot Woods. Oh well.) I have created a google map to clarify where this is, at
There will be two planting days – a Friday, so that local school pupils can participate, and a Sunday, for other volunteers. We hope that the whips will arrive on time and so our target dates are Friday November 12th (in the morning from 10 am to 12 noon) and Sunday 14th November, times to be confirmed. If there is a delay in delivery, we will defer until Friday 19th and Sunday 21st.
Please let me know if you would like to join the team of volunteers, and if you are able to bring your own wellies and spade ! I would also like to hear from anyone who has spare plants that might be suitable for adding to the hedgerow.
Contact transitionbournemouth @gmail.com.