Tree planting to create wildlife corridor

More than 100 native trees have been planted by volunteers on the banks of Ferring Rife.

Tree planting at Ferring Rife. Picture: Tricia Hall
Tree planting at Ferring Rife. Picture: Tricia Hall

Ferring Conservation Group organised the tree planting morning, having obtained the trees from The Woodland Trust.

The new trees, which are well suited to the open and exposed location, add to the trees already planted in the area over the last five years.

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The long-term plan is to provide an effective wildlife corridor and the varieties of trees planted - downy birch, rowan, hazel, hawthorn, holly and crab apple - will result in a diverse habitat.

Chairman David Bettiss said: “This was another successful morning by Ferring Conservation Group to generally improve the area for wildlife and as a place for people to visit as the trees grow.

“I want to thank our volunteer members who have turned out again to help. We were very lucky though to have a bright, sunny but chilly day. The rewards of our efforts on the day and from previous work days will be seen over the years to come.”

Later, the group went on to Ferring Country Centre to plant a large number of willow whips around the boundary of some of the horse paddocks, which stretch out towards the strategic gap between Ferring and East Preston.

This will provide a feature which will develop over the years. It will attract wildlife and act as a windbreak.

After the planting was completed, most of the work party visited the café at the country centre for a hot drink and something to eat.

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