Planting Trees in The National Forest

On an incredibly windy Saturday morning, my boyfriend and I trekked out to a field near Leicester to plant 4 trees with dozens of other windswept people in wellies and raincoats, and volunteers in fluorescent vests.

We chose Oak, Hazel, Lime, and Rowan. The saplings we were planting had been growing in pots (I assume) for about 2 years before they were big enough for us to plant, and they will grow quite slowly at first, but can live for hundreds of years.

If you would like to plant your own trees, they do it twice a year, we were told by the volunteer who helped us plant our trees; once in Spring and once in the Autumn.

The National Forest is a large swathe of land in the Midlands, covering Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire. Currently, the area is 21% forest cover, but the target is 33% in the next few years. The National Forest encourages land owners to convert their unused fields and farmlands into woodlands with the requirement of public access.

The National Forest Way is a 75 mile trail from the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire to Beacon Hill Country Park in Leicestershire, or vice versa. One day I hope to walk the whole thing.

Disclaimer: my boyfriend bought this gift for me as a Christmas present, which was so thoughtful and very me. I was not paid for this review or given anything in exchange for this review. I believe it is a great and worthwhile cause, and a lovely morning outside, even in the gale.

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