We’re passionate about our trees here in Frome, whether that’s planting them or protecting them, and because of that, we’ve committed to be Wild about Trees.
We’re planning to plant thousands of trees over the coming years and you can find out more about our Wild about Trees project by reading these reports:
The project got off to a great start, with two community planting days held in February 2019, with the specific aim of fighting climate change. Hundreds of people braved the rain and cold to plant a grand total of 1,200 whips – 500 trees in the field below the allotment site on Birchill Lane and around 700 trees at Weylands.
We planted native UK tree and shrub species including common oak, rowan, wild cherry, beech and silver birch as well as shrubs such as hawthorn and guelder rose. Watch a film of our planting days here.
Tiny Forest at Egford Lane Park
Frome eagerly awaits the arrival of its first Tiny Forest, to be planted on the 13th November in a design specially selected by residents.
Residents chose from four designs, and the winning design places education at its core, with two classroom spaces at either end providing ample opportunity for children to learn the wonders of biodiversity first-hand.
The Tiny Forest model works by planting a variety of local species into a dense space the size of a tennis court. The plants are carefully selected to grow at varying heights, meaning they can pack in many more plants than a space of the same size would normally hold. The result is a rich hub for biodiversity, of both plants and animals, and a site that sucks in high levels of carbon.
Frome Town Council secured the funding for this project from Earthwatch and are working in partnership to plant the Tiny Forest. You can get involved by helping to plant it on 13th November from 10am to 4pm by signing up here to be part of the team On the 13th November volunteers will be planting the Tiny Forest. If you want to take part, get a free ticket.
Thank you to all those who helped with mulching our trees at Weylands last summer. Watch our Ranger Phil’s guide to successful mulching, which might be helpful for your own garden.
There will be plenty more opportunities to help plant and care for trees as we continue towards our goal of planting 27,000 trees in the next few years – one for every Frome resident! We’ll be sending out some great stories from our community planting days soon, so get in touch to join our Wild About Trees mailing list.
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