Eardisland Environment and Sustainability Group spent this morning planting trees and hedgerows around the village.

The group were joined by Julia, David and baby Damir (originally from Odessa, but resident in Eardisland since October) in planting a Silver Birch tree on Eardisland Recreation Ground to show solidarity with Ukraine and the refugees staying locally.

The group received ÂŁ1600 of grant funding from The Tree Council to plant six new trees and seventy five metres of wildlife friendly hedging.

The trees will provide food and shelter for a wide variety of birds as well as giving extra shade on the recreation ground as summers get hotter due to global heating.

Planting new hedgerows on Parish Council managed land will produce fruit and nuts for parishioners to pick and give habitat to many birds and mammals.

Ben Woodcock (chair of Eardisland Environment and Sustainability Group) said:

“It was great to have such a good turn out to help plant trees and hedges which will benefit the parish and wildlife for years to come.

“We had support from our local tree warden and Parish Council, as well as villagers donating refreshments and a local farm supplying us with straw to mulch the new hedges. Lots of help with digging came from enthusiastic children and members of Dilwyn Young Farmers.

“It was extra special that our Ukrainian visitors were involved in this community event a few days after the anniversary of the invasion.”