In April 2011, around 100 volunteers planted over 350 trees in the park as part of the Royal Horticultural Society’s It’s Your Neighbourhood campaign. These were donated by the RHS free of charge.
We have planted the tree saplings in ‘banks’ and as they grow, they will become beautiful hedges, comprising of a mixture of native trees such as beech, dogwood, rowan, hawthorn and hazel. They have been grown in ‘banks’, rather than as one continuous hedge, as the Government grant for the play equipment specifies ‘free play’ and there was concern that a full enclosure would contradict this requirement. Friends of Ancells Farm were adamant that some screening from the busy roads are required to protect local children and improve the ambience and naturalness of our park. This appears to be a good solution to the problem.
We continue to look after the trees through our Action Days, and have been awarded Level 4 (Thriving) from the Royal Horticultural Society’s It’s Your Neighbourhood campaign, which supports local community groups in greening their local environment.
If you have been walking along Ancells Road recently, you will have noticed that the hedges we planted in 2011 have really grown and are starting to look much more like hedges. We are thrilled! In 2014 we ‘laid’ our first hedge and hope to do our second one later in 2015.