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Woodland work at The Helm reaches its finale
A NEW woodland has sprung up on the edge of a South Lakeland village with the help of a conservation charity.
The final trees were planted on land at The Helm, near Oxenholme, by Friends of the Lake District volunteers.
During the past three years 1,500 trees have been planted and seven work parties have been busy this spring putting a further 736 into the ground.
The final 150 were planted by volunteers, including young people from the Brathay Trust at Ambleside, regular Friends of the Lake District volunteers and a group of friends planting eight oak trees in memory of a friend who often walked at the beauty spot on the edge of Kendal.
The wood has been created with help from grant funding from Natural England through Higher Level Stewardship.
The scheme helps fund land management for the environment by rewarding conservation work such as tree planting and habitat creation.
Trees have also been donated through the Woodland Trust free tree scheme, as well as by local people, some of whom have bought a tree as a gift for a loved one.
Friends of the Lake District policy officer Judith Moore said: “I have really loved working with our partners and local volunteers to create this new wood.
“Volunteers have planted a range of native trees including oak, cherry, hawthorn, blackthorn, rowan, birch and hazel.
“These trees will look lovely all year round, with autumn colour and winter berries, creating a beautiful wood for both people and wildlife.”
Regular Friends of the Lake District volunteers have been at the heart of creating the new wood, sourcing local trees, planting them and looking after them through the summer.
Arthur Robinson, a regular volunteer for the Friends, asked people in the parishes of New and Old Hutton if they had any native trees from their gardens they could donate to the Helm.
In total Mr Robinson collected 110 trees, including holly, yew, oak, rowan and birch.
Work in the wood will now involve looking after the trees by keeping the bracken down and making sure tree tubes and stakes are secure.
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