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Villagers plant nearly 150 trees in Redgrave to tackle climate change

Nearly 150 trees were planted in a Suffolk village to help tackle the current climate crisis.

Villagers and primary schoolchildren in Redgrave spent the morning of November 30 digging little holes for indigenous trees on land in Fen Street.

The site, a former agricultural field, had not been used in more than 15 years, but is now home to oak, maple and wild cherry trees.

Children and parents planted nearly 150 trees in Redgrave. Picture by Mark Bullimore.
Children and parents planted nearly 150 trees in Redgrave. Picture by Mark Bullimore.

The project was the brainchild of Redgrave tree warden John Preston after he spotted that the Woodland Trust was providing free saplings to communities across the country.

Due to a delay in receiving the trees, Mr Preston could not attend the actual planting, but had his son David stood in for him.

“I’ve learned a lot from my dad, who loves wood and trees, and it’s infectious,” said technician David, 52.

“Sometimes, I’d be out driving with him and he’d stop to look at a tree. I’m proud to help.”

The children who came along to the tree planting were able to pick a tree and also make a label with their name on it to encourage them to revisit their trees in the future for educational purposes.

“It’s essential that we teach this generation some connection with what’s out there,” said David, a father-of-one.

“I don’t want to raise my son not understanding how things work; I want him to understand that trees are a vital part of the system.”

There are still 50 saplings left which Redgrave villagers want to plant on the same site in the upcoming weeks.

Redgrave is one of many villages in the district which has decided to actively tackle climate change.

Children in Laxfield spent an afternoon planting trees and Eye did the same earlier this month.

“The trees we planted make some difference, but we really have to do lots more to tackle the current climate crisis,” said David, who lives in Champney’s Road, Diss.

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“As I was planting a tree, I thought it might be a good idea that an English law may be that everyone has to plant 10 trees a year.”

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