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Plant a tree and have a ‘berry’ merry Christmas

This is an archived press release

Friday 12 November 2010

12 November 2010

Plant a tree and have a ‘berry’ merry Christmas

It’s National Tree Week from Nov 27-Dec 5, and local people can help celebrate by planting trees in a Peak District woodland haven - Macclesfield Forest.

Peak District National Park rangers will hold a free tree-planting and Christmas decoration-making event in the forest on Sunday Nov 28, on land owned by United Utilities.

All the trees - such as blackthorn, hawthorn and rowan - will be berry-bearing species, not just for festive colour, but to encourage wildlife which depend on them for food.

National Park area ranger Hazel Winder said: “This will be a great day out for families to get together and plant a tree for future generations to enjoy, and to make a decoration for their own Christmas tree.

“It will also be an opportunity for those who have planted trees before, to see how their saplings are getting on. Thanks to United Utilities, we’ve had hundreds of schoolchildren, scout groups, special needs groups and families planting trees in the forest’s education area, and they’ve all got enjoyment out of it as well as benefiting wildlife.”

To take part, go along to Macclesfield Forest (south of the A537 Cat and Fiddle road) between Buxton and Macclesfield any time from 11am to 3pm on Sunday Nov 28.

  • National Park rangers will be raising money for Children in Need by selling tea and coffee in Macclesfield Forest on the weekends of Nov 20-21 and Nov 27-28. Plus, visitors can enjoy a free Bodge It event on Sun Nov 21 - a demonstration of traditional wood-turning - drop in any time from 12noon-3pm.

This is an archived press release

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