We plant trees. Not just any trees, but natural, native trees, trees that have been part of the English landscape for thousands of years.
We grow them from locally collected seed in our own nurseries, nurtured by lots of local volunteers and then used to recreate woodland that has become a rare sight in the countryside.
We are always looking for landowners, mainly on Dartmoor or in the South Hams, who are keen to provide parcels of land, both small and large, where they want to create a legacy for the future. This land is often marginal for farming or no longer profitable.
Everyone can take part – we offer tree dedications for weddings, birthdays or perhaps as a gift in a will, from single trees to copses or whole woodlands!
We are also contacted by people wishing to leave a gift in their will, something lasting, something that their families can enjoy well into the future.
These woodlands are also offsetting some of the carbon that we all produce as part of our modern lifestyles – the miles we drive, the foreign holidays we take, and the food and energy we consume. We do not promise a complete carbon replacement – this is simply not possible, but it’s a start.
We offer many opportunities to volunteer, to help us in this work. Caring for the trees in our nurseries and planting them on site is physical work, a great way of getting fresh air and exercise. Often we are joined by whole families, keen to get involved in something together.
We are lucky that many grant giving organisations and companies understand and support what we are trying to do and we get backing from a range of sources. But we are always looking for partners to help us with our work.
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Winter planting – we have now finished our winter planting at Seale Hayne. We will be starting the next area in November.
See ‘latest volunteering’, on the left, for details of our activities