Winter tree planting
One of the main jobs for the volunteers over the winter is tree planting.
Winter is a great time for planting bare root saplings because they are in their dormant stage and will be settled in ready to grow again in the spring.
Today's trees were donated by Reserve neighbour Paul Sampson, who spotted an offer from The Conservation Volunteers and OVO Energy. Their 'I dig trees' campaign aims to plant 2 million trees this year. The volunteers were glad to do their bit.
Another 50 or so native trees were planted, including Oak, Rowan, Hawthorn, Goat Willow and Downy Birch.
It was a cold and blustery Wednesday work group, but the exercise followed by coffee and the first mince pies of the festive season soon warmed everyone up.