Where we have planted trees

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Framboise Orchard

370 trees on land adjacent to the Plotgate scheme in Barton St David. 100 trees (in 11 varieties) provided by RTL and 270 trees in 11 native varieties provided by eforests, along with stakes and guards. TA11 6AT

Baltonsborough Community Orchard

Orchard of 23 apple and pear trees in variety. 30 children involved in school planting of named varieties mirroring their classroom names. BA6 8PX

Plotgate and Framboise Orchard

Plotgate. (a) Mixed linear woodland of 300 whips and (b) a shelterbelt planting of 120 whips.0ver 30 volunteers involved in two separate days of planting. TA11 6AT

Framboise Orchard. 370 trees on land adjacent to the Plotgate scheme in Barton St David. 100 trees (in 11 varieties) provided by RTL and 270 trees in 11 native varieties provided by eforests, along with stakes and guards. TA11 6AT

Wedmore

Avenue of 34 Tilia Cordata on a mix of publicly owned land (playing fields) and privately owned land. BS28 4BS

Somerset Wood

A woodland has been planned in the village of Monckton Heathfield just outside Taunton to commemorate those men from Somerset who died in the First World War. Over the next few years 11,000 trees will be planted. Reimagining the Levels is offering volunteer labour to help with this and has contributed to one planting session so far, at the end of January 2019. TA2 8QJ 

Baybrook Farm Godney

A mixed woodland of 70 trees in land by the river Sheppey. 14 standard sized trees and 56 whips in mixed native varieties. BA5 1RZ

Goarway Wood, Yarley Hill, Nr Wells. BA5 1PA

Myrtle Farm, BS29 6LP

Sparkford, BA22 7HY

Stathe, Nr Bridgwater, TA7 0JL

Dove Studies, Butleigh, BA6 8TL

Stoke Road, Martock

Berhill, Ashcott

Bartletts Farm

Little Old Lane Farm

Frog Lane Farm

Knole

Barton Road

Glebe Farm

Field off Landmoor Lane

Gainsmarsh Lane

Wagg Drove

Park Lane

Lands End Farm

Withy Cottage

The Farmhouse

Coombe Farm, Bruton, BA10 0QP

Paradise Lane, BA5 3RN

Barrow Hill House, Milborne Wick, DT9 4PP

Folly Lodge, Folly Lane, North Wootton, BA4 4ER

Land & Buildings at Tolbury Lane, Bruton BA10 0DQ

Knapp Road, near Ham

Mill Rd, Barton St David, TA11 6DF

Redwood Rare Breeds, Wanstrow, BA4 4SZ

Ashmoor Drove, Wookey BA5 1NS

Isle Brewers Lane, Isle Brewers, Taunton TA3 6QR

Lower Godney, Wells BA5 1RZ

Parsonage lane, Kingston St Mary, Taunton TA2 8HL

Union Drove, Huish Episcopi, TA10 9EY

Land off Portfield Lane, Langport TA10 0NJ

 

Woodland cover over the Somerset Levels and Catchment is low and many of the smaller woodlands are under-managed which can lead to biodiversity loss. Yet there is strong evidence that planting woodlands in the upper and middle catchments ameliorates downstream flooding To this end, Reimagining the Levels members plan to replace many of the trees lost to past river engineering and land reclamation and will be looking for volunteers to help with this.

The use of floodplain woodland as a ‘soft-engineered’ aid to flood control has been the subject of several studies (Environment Agency and Forestry Commission). In addition to the advantages of flood control and water storage, it offers improvements to water quality, nature conservation and improved landscape with potential for a recreational amenity. Bringing unmanaged woodland back into the economy and planting new woodland and trees where they will do most good, will also help build jobs and build value around woodland products and uses.

Trees for Somerset event – summary
The first Reimagining the Levels Tree event took place on the 7th November at Compton Dundon Village Hall, attended by a wide variety of people representing community groups and landowners, united by a love of the Somerset Levels and Moors landscape and their concerns over its future.

A series of guest presenters spoke to the topics (see below) and the workshops that followed focused on the need to move from discussion to action with ideas about community engagement through tree planting and woodland management. The need to keep challenging methods that degrade the land and increase flood risk through contact with MPs, Government agencies, farmers and landowners was seen essential by participants. The power of small groups to create change should not be underestimated.

Throughout the day, attendees were refreshed with a range home-made soups, cakes and breads all sourced from www.localfooddirect.co.uk and we received many compliments on the taste and quality. If you are interested in supporting this local business initiative that in turn supports local producers, do visit the website and see for yourselves the range of foods on offer.

At a post-conference meeting it was agreed that RtLs would contact all 330 Parish Councils in Somerset with proposals for adopting a Tree Policy that promotes community woodland planting and encouraging the appointment of a Tree Officer who can identify local land and negotiate with land owners. We will offer all interested parishes an opportunity to meet with us in June 2019, perhaps visiting nearby schemes to see first-hand the many advantages gained in enhancing both environmental protections and community engagement.

Additionally, RtL members will join with other like-minded organisations to promote sustainable agriculture and woodland growth. One of our members will be advising Defra on the newly formed Lowland Agricultural Peat Task Force.

Since the conference we have already lent our energy and expertise to tree planting to the approach of Wedmore by joining with Green Wedmore to plant 34 Lime trees. More ‘planting’ events are planned for January so do watch out for details on the website and Facebook.

Speakers at the Trees for Somerset event 7 November 2018
 
Session 1 Why are trees important?
Neville Fay (Sustainable Soils Alliance) – Trees and Soil Health
Ben Thorne (Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group) – Trees and Flood Control
 
Session 2 Policy
Graham Burton (Woodland Trust) The Woodland Charter
 
Session 3 Community led action
Jane Sweetman (Mid Somerset Outdoor Learning Partnership) Educational and Therapeutic Work in Woods
Amy Willoughby (Plotgate CSA) Plotgate Planting Scheme
Paul Laird (International Tree Federation) International Perspective on Community- led Planting
 

The first Reimagining the Levels Tree event took place on the 7th November at Compton Dundon Village Hall, attended by a wide variety of people representing community groups and landowners, united by a love of the Somerset Levels and Moors landscape and their concerns over its future.