Woodland Activity Day fun for all

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PETERHEAD Projects are to plant 500 trees at Buchan Meadows Community Woodland on the outskirts of town in a bid to increase native woodland cover in the area as part of a Woodlands Activity Day.

Peterhead Projects has received a 420 wild harvest tree pack donated by the Woodland Trust and 100 oak saplings grown in Balmedie have also been donated to the project.

Community woodlands officer, Andy Devine, said: “The tree planting is just one of the activities taking place on the day.

“Tree planting is a fantastic and fun way for us to do something lasting in our local area. We hope our trees will help attract wildlife and make a real difference to everyone who will see them.

“It’s incredible to think that in just five years, our trees will be as tall as us. We’d like as many people from the community to come along and help us.”

And said other activities on the day included the BBC ‘Live’n’ Deadly’ Deadly Scene Investigation which has been donated to the community woodland.

‘Live’n’Deadly’ DSI will allow visitors follow some clues and investigate a wildlife crime scene and find out who is the wildlife criminal.

“A permanent wildlife safari trail has been established at the woodland to encourage families to visit the site at any time.

“Visitors can obtain a map on the day or collect one from the Peterhead Projects Office in Broad Street after the event,” he said.

“Bird and Bat Boxes that have been built and decorated at different outreach events over the summer will be erected by young people from Peterhead Academy John Muir Award Group, the Ranger Guides and Peterhead Youth Forum who will also be helping to lead some of the activities.”

If you would like to plant a tree at the community woodland, then you should go along prepared. A coat, warm clothes and a pair of boots or wellies are recommended.

Andrew Fairbairn from the Woodland Trust Scotland added: “We are delighted Peterhead Projects are using our free tree scheme to plant more trees in Buchan Meadows Community Woodland.

“Communities are transforming their neighbourhoods, growing their own fruits and food, creating shade and shelter, and providing new homes for wildlife.

“Next year, we are offering more free trees as part of our Jubilee Woods Project to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, and would love more communities to get involved.”

For more information on the woodland activity day, contact the Broad Street office or log on to www.peterheadprojects.co.uk.