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Our National Tree Week 2022 newsletter is now available - find out about all our latest events and tree planting!

Joint Working in Action!

A new orchard of apple trees have been planted in Wadebridge thanks to the hard work of:

Forest for Cornwall was very happy to help by funding the selection of old Cornish apple tree varieties. The group were blessed with beautiful planting weather.  They are now looking forward to the delicious fruits that will also contribute to their future vegetable boxes. They celebrated the event with a traditional Cornish Wassail:

Orchard planting in Wadebridge

National Tree Week 2022

National Tree Week (NTW) is the UK’s largest annual tree celebration, marking the start of the winter tree planting season (November to March each year). Across the country events bring people together to celebrate and plant trees. 

We have started the season with a flurry of events and tree planting. Thanks to everyone for all their contributions that made the week such a success. These are some of our highlights:

New Tree & Nature Hub opens at Heartlands

Forest for Cornwall celebrated the opening of our new Tree & Nature Hub at Heartlands, Pool. The venue was officially opened by Cllr Martyn Alvey (Cabinet member for Environment and Climate Change) and Rosie Walker (from the Woodland Trust), and we were also joined by local councillors and residents, who all  enjoyed the new hub. 
As part of the day 122 trees were planted in this much loved community space by our Tree Warden group and local residents. We hosted a  workshop that included practical tuition on tree planting followed by a busy afternoon getting the trees in the ground. The weather was perfect, and fuelled by pasties everyone worked extremely hard to get the trees well planted across the site. A big thank you to all the volunteers!

New Funds Launched for Farmers & Landholders

Cabilla Cornwall provided the perfect venue for spreading the news of our Woodland Creation Partnership (WCP) funds for landholders, farmers and businesses. 
We were joined by many organisations (including the Forestry Commission, Westcountry Rivers Trust, National Farmers Union, South West Water and Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) to share how we all are supporting people to plant trees across Cornwall. The event  provided a unique opportunity to ask questions, share knowledge and network. We were very pleased to have talks from Bridget Whells (NFU Chair) and Steve Chamberlain (Nancarrow) who both spoke about their experiences of starting out with agroforestry projects. 
In the afternoon our host, Merlin Hanbury-Tennison, led the group on a fascinating tour of the woodland creation projects that are being carried out at Cabilla, alongside the protection and enhancement of the rare temperate rainforest areas. 
For further information please go to our WCP webpage or Contact Us

Back Garden Forest Tree Giveaway

To celebrate National Tree Week Forest for Cornwall has worked in collaboration with local parishes and climate action groups to organise a free tree giveaway. As part of our Woodland Trust Funding, the Back Garden Forest aims to encourage everyone to plant a tree in their garden. This week over 8000 trees were given away in nine locations across Cornwall. We had a fantastic response from everyone and aim to set up more giveaways in different locations in the near future. Keep an eye on our website and social media for further announcements.

A happy family collect their free tree from St. Austell

Saltash local community group 'Tree Saltash' organises multiple plantings with Forest for Cornwall

Our community project officer Meike Weiser has been working with Tree Saltash to secure permission and suitable planting sites in the town, also ensuring that the right tree was chosen for the location. The trees were  staked using hessian tree ties which means that the plantings were also completely plastic free! The enthusiastic team had blue skies on the day and were rewarded by the positive feedback from all the passers by, happy to see trees being planted in their local area. In a project headed by the Town Council, with library manager David Orton, a crab apple was also planted beside the library by children from St. Stephens School. And at Jubilee Green an English oak was planted by Saltash and District Royal British Legion in commemoration of the Queen; this will partner the oak planted for the Jubilee earlier in the year. Tree Saltash have more planting planned so please contact them if you would like to help! 

The Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) team have produced a fantastic leaflet on the importance of our Cornish hedgerows. It shows how essential they are to our landscape for biodiversity, habitats and shelter. 

Net Zero for Falmouth

The Rotary Club of Falmouth and the Fal & Helford Marine Protected Area are holding a weekend of events to look at how we can all help to secure a carbon net zero future. Over 20 organisations will be there including Cornwall Council and Forest for Cornwall. The event will be held at Princess Pavilions on 3rd and 4th February (10.00-15.00).  

Woodland Creation Partnership funding

Forest for Cornwall has been successfully awarded new funding from Defra - read more about this on our Woodland Creation Partnership Funding page and see how it can help you plant trees.

Upcoming volunteering activities

We have a number of volunteering opportunities happening this autumn across Cornwall. Have a look at our list of activities. 

At the Royal Cornwall Show

Forest for Cornwall was invited by the Duchy of Cornwall to spread the word about our programme at the Royal Cornwall Show. Our team enjoyed meeting many of you, answering questions and outlining how we can help you to get trees planted. 

Forest for Cornwall Stand at the Royal Cornwall Show

Tehidy Beech Tree Becomes Part of the Queen's Green Canopy

Forest for Cornwall is also working to preserve and enhance our precious existing woodlands, hedgerows and ancient trees. One of Cornwall's most famous ancient trees - the twisted beech at Tehidy Country Park has been named as part of a UK wide network of 70 ancient trees and woodlands being dedicated to the Queen in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee. The tree dates back to 1788 and is now part of the Queen's Green Canopy

Councillor Martyn Alvey (cabinet member for environment and climate change for Cornwall Council) said "We want to celebrate our Twisted Beech to inspire others about the benefits of retaining ancient trees in our landscape for wildlife, people and absorbing carbon emissions and to educate people about how to care for older trees. This goes alongside our Forest for Cornwall aims to support our communities in planting more trees and hedgerows to help Cornwall become carbon neutral.”

National Tree Week 2021

Well known local author Philip Marsden has written a Tale for the Forest called 'Waiting Giants'. It highlights the importance of bringing trees back to our landscape and letting nature do its work. There is also a video which shows Philip reading this inspirational tale. 

Tree planting events were held in Helston and Camborne. These were in collaboration with:

  • Helston Town Council
  • Helston Climate Action Group
  • Making Space for Nature
  • Coastline Housing 

Making Space for Nature organised a very successful oak tree planting for Jay Day at Lanchard Woods in Liskeard.

Happy volunteers planting oaks at Lanchard Wood, Liskeard

National Tree Week marked the start of the planting of celebration Landmark Trees in 46 parishes across Cornwall this winter. These trees were provided by Forest for Cornwall. The happy group below is carrying out the planting for Landulph Parish.

Landulph Parish Landmark Tree planting

Tree Wardens from a number of parishes volunteered at a avenue tree planting and workshop at Penmount Crematorium. The knowledge they gained on the day will now be shared out in their parishes to assist with local tree planting. 

Forest for Cornwall also hosted some fascinating talks. These covered the importance of our existing woodlands and the regeneration of our historic orchards. We also held some fun creative workshops for all ages at Falmouth Library and the Royal Cornwall Museum.

Watch this space for news of National Tree Week 2022

Free Landmark Trees

The Forest for Cornwall is offering a free Landmark Tree to every local community. This should be in celebration or commemoration of a person, place or event. This has been made possible by Woodland Trust Emergency Tree Fund.  Town and Parish councils will soon receive the information to apply on behalf of their communities. Parish councils can register an application for winter 2022/23 now.

Funding boost from Woodland Trust

Forest for Cornwall will support communities with Tree Planting thanks to a funding boost from the Woodland Trust

Cornwall will benefit from the Woodland Trust Emergency Tree Fund. This funding will further help the Forest for Cornwall Programme with its aim to create 8,000 hectares of woodland over the coming years. It will support the work with communities to help them plant trees in their local area.

The funding will help the Forest for Cornwall to:

  • support more communities with guidance, advice and networking
  • inspire a new generation in tree establishment
  • encourage communities to identify opportunities to create:
    • new areas of woodland
    • small copses
    • street and municipal trees
    • forest gardens
    • community fruit trees
    • landmark trees for their future

If you’re a community with plans or ideas for planting trees then we’d like to hear from you. We are hoping that, with your support, many more trees will reach the ground from the next planting season this autumn. Please get in touch to let us know what you’d like to do, or have already planned by using our contact us form.

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