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Local residents, schools and colleges are being urged to make a positive mark on their landscape and Plant a Tree at Branston Leas!

Volunteers have the opportunity to help plant the new 82 acre Branston Leas Woods – a new bluebell woodland next to the River Trent that will boast 21,000 trees, seven acres of wetland for wetland bird species and grazing livestock that will help manage and increase the biodiversity of the site.

St. Modwen has teamed up with The Woodland Trust, The National Forest and Staffordshire Wildlife Trust to deliver the new beauty spot that will become part of The National Forest and can be enjoyed by generations to come.

The first official public planting event takes place on Sunday 29th March 2015 from 9.30am to 11.30am, meeting at the car park of the Riverside Inn, on Riverside Drive, Branston. All tools will be provided and no previous experience is required.

Shaun Rimmer, of The Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, the organisation managing the new woodland in partnership with St. Modwen, said: “We are planting 21,000 trees, including 25 varieties of fruits tree and 40 rare Black Poplars, plus 14,000 bluebell bulbs at Branston Leas Woods in total.

“We would like to give local people the opportunity to plant their own tree and be involved in the creation of this valuable local wildlife area, so everyone is welcome to join us on March 29. As well as improving the site, planting trees is great exercise and can be used as a great educational tool for learning about the wider environment.”

For more information please email or call Shaun Rimmer on 01889 880100.