We may not have swathes of woodland in Wedmore but some of my happiest early memories as a child were school nature trails in Lascot Wood. A bunch of us from St Mary’s School used to troop up the road to the woods and see how many different types of trees, mushrooms and butterflies we could spot.
Woods serve so many purposes – educational, commercial and of course environmental. They not only help to offset some of the CO2 and other pollution we all create, but if properly and sensitively grown and managed, they provide a haven for wildlife from insects to owls. And in the future they can be coppiced for fuel and raw material for building and small industries such as wood turning and furniture making.
So, why am I going on about trees? Well, Wedmore Green Group will soon plant its first community woodland, off Gooshams Lane less than a mile to the east of the village. The quarter-acre site has been generously donated by a well-known parishioner. Wedmore Parish Council has kindly agreed to take on the ownership, and lease it to us for a peppercorn rent – we will manage it long-term on their behalf.
We will plant the woodland during National Tree Week from 21 November to 2 December. We hope that members of the local community will come along and plant a tree – perhaps with their children or grandchildren, or in memory of someone. More details will follow in my next article but at this stage if anyone is interested in coming along, please email or write to me at the addresses below and the group will keep you posted on dates and times.
If other landowners have any small pieces of land they wish to have planted with trees, or lease or donate for planting, please get in touch. More woodland will not only enable us to offset additional carbon emissions locally but will also create a wonderful amenity for this and future generations of our community to enjoy.