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Tree day gives Bilstonians the opportunity to plant for the future

The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country are inviting people along to a special tree planting event in Peascroft Wood on Sunday (22 March).

Volunteers have worked to thin out the denser areas of the woodland and let more light to the woodland floor. The next stage of the project is to increase the variety of native tree species; adding oak, hawthorn, rowan and hazel, so this drop in event to plants saplings is from 11am to 1pm and all ages are welcome. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and note that the event may be postponed if it is too windy to be in the wood safely.

Reserve Officer Alison Wilkes, who leads volunteer days at Peascroft Wood every Thursday and also on the fourth Sunday of each month, is looking forward to the tree planting session. She said: "We've had a great group of people helping us out on volunteer days through the winter and you can really see the beneficial effects of the work that they have done, but now we have an opportunity to get people involved in planting trees.

"What better way is there to spend your time than contributing something as important to the natural landscape as trees, which will provide a home for wildlife in this wood for many years to come.

"Woodlands that have a diversity of plant species will provide colour at different times of year for people to enjoy, as well as a source of food for wildlife to thrive on. Bilston deserves a beautiful woodland and we are delighted to be getting the local community involved in working to make Peascroft Wood a place they can be proud of."

The work is being done as part of a 3 year project in partnership with Wolverhampton City Council and largely funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to improve this treasured natural space.

Anyone wishing to get involved with volunteering at Peascroft Wood should email Alison Wilkes alison.w@bbcwildlife.org.uk or call 0121 454 1199.

  • released: Monday 16 March, 2015