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Two of our regular work party members, Nilesh and Varsha Dodhia, have come up with the marvellous idea of planting 150 trees in the reserve to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi.  They have enthused their friends and the local Indian community who have come up with £1500 to buy the trees.

The idea is to plant them in the reserve both as single trees and as part of a new hedge. The bulk of the planting will take place in March 2020 - the best time of year to do this. When we plant them we plan to make it a big and enjoyable occasion.

In the meantime we also plan to have a smaller occasion at 10:30 am on Saturday, 7th of December, 2019 when we will plant one large, 6ft Oak in the meadow by the reserve entrance near Stocker’s House/Stocker’s Lock.
This will be the beginning of a scheme in which will ‘do our bit’ for global warming, as well as commemorating a wonderful man.  We also hope that it will encourage a few new people to become members. All are all most welcome to join us on the 7th.

November 2019