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Green Living: Planting for Cambridgeshire's future




Famously Britain’s least-treed county, Cambridgeshire is set to get greener this year thanks to a series of planting schemes

Planting schemes plan to make Cambridgeshire a greener county (54088980)
Planting schemes plan to make Cambridgeshire a greener county (54088980)

Brampton-based charity Creating Nature’s Corridors planted 559 trees in the grounds of Saffron Grange, the Little Walden Vineyard, in December. With the saplings funded by local business and individuals, many of whom purchased a tree as a gift for or in memory of a love one, the event marked a milestone for charity founder Vhari Russell, who set up Creating Nature’s Corridors in tribute to her late brother Rory, a carpenter and wildlife lover who tragically died of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome in 2018, aged just 37.

Creating Nature's Corridors tree planting, December 2021 (54088762)
Creating Nature's Corridors tree planting, December 2021 (54088762)

As part of the Queen’s Green Canopy Project, which marks Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee later this year, 400 trees were also planted at Coton Countryside Reserve in November. Creating a new woodland on former farmland, the installation was the first phase of local independent charity Cambridge Past, Present & Future’s bid to plant 4,000 trees this winter.

St Paul's Primary School pupils planting at Devonshire Gardens - Matthew Power Photography (54089141)
St Paul's Primary School pupils planting at Devonshire Gardens - Matthew Power Photography (54089141)

Children from St Paul’s CofE in Cambridge also helped plant a garden beside their primary school last term, as part of the Devonshire Gardens development, which will turn a three-acre brownfield site into a mixed-use community space. Working with developer First Base and landscape architect LDA Design, which advised on plants best suited to the space, pupils filled beds with a series of edibles, including herbs, which will eventually be harvested for food preparation and cookery classes.

See creatingnaturescorridors.co.uk, cambridgeppf.org and devonshiregardenscambridge.com for further information.


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