500 new trees to be planted at Foxglove Covert

Volunteers plan trees at Foxglove Covert.

A major tree planting scheme is underway at the Foxglove Covert Local Nature Reserve in Catterick Garrison.

The scheme involves planting 500 saplings to create a new broad-leafed woodland and replace an area of diseased ash dieback and damage from Storm Arwen.

The saplings have been provided by the Woodland Trust.

Around 20 volunteers are involved with the planting.

Lord Zealand, patron of the reserve, said: “This is a significant planting scheme for the reserve and it is an honour to be part of the Queen’s Green Canopy Scheme and in recognition of her 70 years dedicated service as Monarch.”

Peter Simpson, chair of the trustees, said: “The work at Foxglove to maintain the reserve is supported by a dedicated band of volunteers.

“Their work is significant in maintaining the various habitats the reserve supports and it is truly appreciated.

“This was also formally recognised with the volunteers being awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2021 which is the highest award a voluntary group can receive.”

The Queen’s Green Canopy aims to create a living legacy with over a million trees planted in Her Majesty’s name across the nation during the first planting season, October 2021 to March 2022.

The extension of this initiative until March 2023 will build on this legacy and serve as a lasting tribute to Her Majesty’s extraordinary service to her country and her people.

More detail about the reserve and volunteering opportunities can be found at www.foxglovecovert.org.uk

The reserve is accessible through Cambrai Lines front gate at any time during regular hours.

Cambrai Lines is off Ava Road, Catterick Garrison, DL9 3PZ.

Photo ID is required.