Wood­land events for all

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Countryfile - by Mike Ben­nett mben­nett@thek­m­group.co.uk

ASH­FORD bor­ough’s vet­eran trees project will cel­e­brate its progress by hold­ing an open day at Sin­gle­ton En­vi­ron­ment Cen­tre on Satur­day, April 4. The project was set up two years ago with the help of a Her­itage Lot­tery Fund grant and since then 110 vol­un­teers have sur­veyed and recorded 750 an­cient trees that need to be pro­tected for the ben­e­fit of the lo­cal land­scape and the en­joy­ment of fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. Ad­mis­sion to the open day, from 10am to 3.30pm, is free and there will be events for all ages, in­clud­ing pond dip­ping, face paint­ing and a book stall. There will be guided walks through the new Ash­ford com­mu­nity wood­land, a wild­food demon­stra­tion and craft work­shop, com­post­ing tips and ad­vice and a chance to make a wildlife home for your own gar­den. The day is be­ing or­gan­ised by Kent BTCV (Bri­tish Trust for Con­ser­va­tion Vol­un­teers), which man­ages the Sin­gle­ton En­vi­ron­ment Cen­tre and the Vet­eran Trees Project for Ash­ford coun­cil.

Full de­tails from Vir­ginia Hodge on 01233 666519 or by email to v.hodge@btcv.org.uk

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