Project to safeguard Derbyshire’s trees

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A new Derbyshire Wildlife Trust project is helping to safeguard the future of the county’s veteran trees.

The three-year Value in Trees Project has received £109,500 funding from the Big Tree Plant, a campaign to encourage more tree planting across England. It follows two previous Derbyshire Wildlife Trust projects which mapped more than 4,500 veteran trees across the county.

Veteran trees are those which have reached a certain age or size, different for each species. They provide important habitats for wildlife, including bats, birds and insects. The new project will help safeguard the genetic stock of some of our oldest trees by propagating veteran tree seeds. Volunteers will be encouraged to get involved in seed gathering and planting activities, the first of which will take place this autumn.

Louise Valantine, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s Senior People Engagement Officer, commented: “The project is being co-ordinated by the Trust, but we’re delighted to be working in partnership with many other organisations. Landowners already involved include Derby City Council, the National Trust, the RSPB, the Haddon Estate and Severn Trent Water. Tree wardens and various Friends of groups are also taking part.

To find out more about the project, including updates on tree planting events, visit www.derbyshirewildlifetrust.org.uk