Another 9,000 trees have recently been planted at Hyde Hall. Species include Oak, Ash, Birch, Acer, Hazel and Alder.
With an average team of just five, it has taken just three weeks to complete this mammoth task. On good weather days an average of 800 trees were planted each day, reducing to 500 per day when the conditions were bad. To help give them a good start the trees will be watered during the summer months and the grass will be kept short. Once established the tree guards will be removed.
So much of the country's traditional woodland has been destroyed, and continues to be under threat from urbanisation, motorways, airport expansions and farming. So it's crucial that we not only protect what little we have left, but that we also do everything we can to turn back the clock and restore as much of the woodland as we can to its former glory.
In the last 10 years the garden has embarked upon an extensive tree planting programme with around 50,000 trees having already been planted. The programme will continue until 2017.
Visitors can now enjoy a stroll through our wooded areas and explore the flora and fauna that live there - especially those that have kindly donated to our ‘Wild Wood' appeals over the years.
A special note of thanks goes to staff members Richard Smith and Chris Ritchie who have overseen the recent programme.