In December, we planted two native hedges in Linslade, with a lot of support from local and national organisations, and with the permission of the Town Council and Central Beds Council.
On December 4th, as part of National Tree Week, we had a fantastic day planting a 100-metre hedge of native shrubs along the fence between Linslade Memorial Playing Fields and The Wharf, with support from the Tree Council and funding from Network Rail – so this great new amenity will not have cost the Town Council anything.
The project is part of Network Rail’s £1 million four-year community tree planting programme, run in partnership with The Tree Council to support local councils, community groups and other conservation organisations to plant trees, hedgerows and orchards across the country.
Members of South Beds Friends of the Earth had helped to organise the work. Several members went along to help with the planting, along with local residents, several local councillors, professionals from the Tree Council, and members of The Wharf Management Committee.
After the planting was done, other town councillors from all parties and our MP Andrew Selous came along to give their support.
The Wharf (Leighton Buzzard) Management Committee has signed a legal agreement with Leighton-Linslade Town Council who own the park, committing to looking after and maintaining the hedge because it will help protect the fence to the Wharf, as well as really enhancing the attractiveness of the park for all users. South Bedfordshire Friends of the Earth will also help look after the hedge.
The hedge will also help wildlife by providing nectar and pollen for bees and other pollinators, and berries and nesting sites for birds. We already have interpretation boards up describing the plants that are there, and explaining how the hedge will help wildlife.
The shrubs are very small at the moment; this is the best way of getting them well established. A fence has been put up to protect them, and a watering and maintenance plan is in place.
The local paper has upblished an article about it
And then the following week, on 11 December, a second long hedge was planted in Orchard Drive and Grange Close, alongside the fence with the railway, again, the Tree Council provided support, advice and some materials, with further funding from Network Rail and with permission from Central Beds Council.