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Family Tree Planting Day

Despite a somewhat severe weather forecast, the day dawned bright and sunny for the Family Tree planting at Sway Jubilee Field on Saturday 28th November 2015. Organised by the New Forest National Park Authority to celebrate the first 10 years of the National Park, families arrived throughout the day to plant a tree or two in remembrance or celebration. Around 400 people attended this extremely successful day.


prepared site Preparations had been going on for several weeks, with sites being identified, cleared, tilled and mulched with 5 year-old composted bark chippings way in advance of the day. 
Among the first to arrive and plant silver birches were Freda Green and Dorothy Taylor. Both born and raised in Middle Road Sway but now living elsewhere, they were commemorating their parents and brother (family name Woolgar).First Tree
councillors parking The event was very well attended with most of the Parish Council present at various times helping with parking duties, information and generally welcoming one and all. The Tennis club provided an excellent range of refreshments in the morning, with the football club covering the afternoon session. Here you see Councillors Peter Dance, Ted Fleet and Len Thomas taking a rare break from car park marshalling.
Participants had 6 species of native tree to choose from including Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Rowan and Silver Birch. Here the Chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre inspects an oak tree seedling.selecting an oak tree
Alison Barnes digging Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre, NFNPA Senior Tree Officer Nik Gruber and Sway Parish Council Chairman Barry Rickman gallantly allowed NFNPA Chief Executive Alison Barnes to do the digging!
But this was very much a family day for tree planting, with everyone joining in and enjoying the experience.Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre and family
general view The morning session was definitely the more favoured with sunshine most of the time and the car park often full to bursting. We were fortunate that the worst of the rain fell over lunchtime before the afternoon session began.
Despite colder windier weather in the afternoon, there was a steady flow of people until the event closed as the light failed around 4pm. The remaining seedlings have been left here by the National Park officers to be planted over the next few weeks.remaining seedlings

Many thanks to all who came and contributed to make this such a successful event. Especial thanks to the staff from the New Forest National Park Authority led by Nik Gruber. They put in so much time and effort organising and running this event as well as manning their mobile information unit (explorer) and arranging wand making for the children. We all look forward to seeing the fragile seedlings thrive and grow into sturdy specimens over the years. Hopefully those spells that the children wove with their wands will ensure success! Why not visit us regularly to view progress?

Finally, many thanks to NFNPA Communications Officer Matt Stroud for supplying these last two photos of the day.

Oliver Alison and Barry NFNPA picture 1 NFNPA photo 2
Select here to view the NFNPA report about the Family Trees Event