A stalwart group of 10 people gathered just after the downpour on Sunday afternoon to plant a copse of trees on our common land. Warlingham Parish Council were successful in bidding for a copse of 30 saplings [10 rowan, 10 silver birch and 10 wild cherry] from the Queens Platinum Jubilee fund and wanted to create added bird-friendly woodland on the common land after we had to remove 5 ashes from the roadside due to ash dieback.

Cindy Steer Chairman of the Parish Council says “It was touch and go if they arrived as there have been serious delays – we are really grateful to the Woodland Trust for getting them to us in time”. Thanks also go to Surrey County Council who supplied two piles of mulch, essential to get these young saplings off to a good start.

Cindy adds ‘Just in case, we had a resident donation of three mature trees – over 2m high – one of each type which were also planted on Sunday near one of the benches – it shows what the little whips will become in a few years time”. Pictured here are the planting team, brought together by Warlingham Parish Council’s Tree Working Party.