Hundreds of trees to be planted in Tiny Forest
Schoolchildren, local volunteer groups and members of the public are invited to take part in a special planting day to create Darlington’s Tiny Forest.
Tiny Forests is an international initiative led by Earthwatch Europe, in partnership with The Queen’s Green Canopy, to bring woodlands into the heart of urban spaces and communities.
A site the size of a tennis court has been chosen in an area of the Denes, known as the Footy Dene, adjacent to Brook Terrace, which will have 600 native trees planted to create a dense, fast-growing native woodland.
The planting will be completed in one day, on March 14, with children from two primary schools, members of the Friends of the Denes and other dignitaries, including the Lord Lieutenant for County Durham, Sue Snowden, and the leader of council Jonathan Dulston taking part.
The forest will be named The Sally Gibson Tiny Forest, in memory of a founding member of the Friends of the Denes.
Dozens of Tiny Forests have been successfully planted across the UK, helping to create thriving and climate-resilient spaces in urban areas and a home for wildlife. Once complete, they are maintained and monitored by the local community, with environmental and social data collected by Earthwatch to assess the benefits they provide.
You can join in the planting from 2pm, the session is free but places must be booked in advance via Eventbrite, to ensure the site doesn’t get too busy. It is expected that the site will be very muddy, so please wear suitable footwear and clothing. No tools are necessary but gardening gloves may be useful.
Louise Hartley, Tiny Forest programme manager at Earthwatch Europe, said: “Tiny Forest provides rich opportunities for connecting young and old alike with the environment and sustainability.
“It’s vital that we give people the knowledge and skills to protect our natural world and inspire them to take positive action. We are delighted to be working with The Queen’s Green Canopy and Darlington Borough Council to bring these inspiring spaces to the Denes in Darlington.”
Jonathan Dulston, leader of the council, said: “This is a wonderful initiative, something that will bring the whole community together and that will provide benefits for years to come.
“It’s particularly nice to think that the children who will be helping to plant the trees will be able to see them grow and maybe one day even enjoy them with their own children.
“As a council we are committed to improving our green spaces and it’s an honour to be chosen to host a Tiny Forest in conjunction with Earthwatch and The Queen’s Green Canopy.”
Photo shows: Pupils from East Wichel Primary monitoring a Tiny Forest in Swindon - credit East Wichel Primary