Tree planting. Photo: Catherine Hadler

Call for help with volun-tree planting at Killerton

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Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 10:05am

The tree planting event at Killerton on Sunday 17 November is cancelled due to the weather forecast and potential flooding of the event site. Please check Killerton’s social media for updates on future events

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To conclude 2019’s celebration of the centenary of the Forestry Commission, Killerton will be hosting a tree planting event at Ellerhayes on Sunday 17 November.

The estate’s rangers need your help to plant 400 trees alongside the River Culm. The trees are being planted to contribute towards the variety of wildlife habitats at Killerton, helping to support plants and animals that live on the estate. The trees will not only create a new nature haven but will also provide natural flood management by slowing water flow into the river, easing the burden on existing flood defences. Types of trees include Alder and Willow which thrive on wetter soils.

Phil Stuckey, Lead Ranger at Killerton, says ‘This is a great opportunity for visitors and the local community to make a real difference for wildlife at Ellerhayes. People can dig in, grab a spade and plant for the future of Killerton.’

The planting provides benefit for more than just the wildlife of Killerton. Phil continues ‘As well as making new spaces for wildlife, the event brings with it an opportunity to spend a few hours in the great outdoors surrounded by greenery, fresh air and other visitors with the commonality of wanting to make a difference.’

The event will be a drop-in session between 10am and 2pm on Sunday 17 November, signposted from the main Killerton entrance. For more information please visit nationaltrust.org.uk/killerton/whats-on