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Suffolk tree scheme sees wardens set up nurseries in their garden




A number of tree nurseries have been set up throughout Suffolk in an effort to encourage the maintenance and good health of trees in the area.

The Suffolk Tree Warden Network, which is part of a wider national network, has set up nurseries in Thornham, Fressingfield and Wortham as it strived to maintain genetic diversity and provide tree stock to help meet government planting targets.

A volunteer workforce is using seeds from oak, hornbeam, lime and willow trees and has issued a fresh appeal for more landowners in the area to get involved.

David Appleton has begun growing a nursery in his garden in Wortham.
David Appleton has begun growing a nursery in his garden in Wortham.

David Appleton, tree warden for Wortham and Burgate, has set up a nursery in his garden in Slade Lane, Wortham.

The retired father-of-two, who used to work in insurance, said: “We’re trying to encourage more native trees to be grown in the right places.”

“Trees are beautiful and important for people’s mental health.

“People’s re-engagement with trees and nature has been particularly important during this pandemic, as well as being very important for dealing with climate change and maintaining biodiversity.”

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