Pupils from Thornford Primary, who are part of the village’s Trees from Seeds project, and joint winners of the Environment Champions Award in the Dorset Best Village Competition 2013, were presented with their plaque earlier this week by Dorset Community Action.
Trees from Seeds share the award with the Powerstock Hut Project who received the trophy at the awards last September, and held it for six months.
The Trees from Seeds project was started in 2008 and developed by Trevor Rogers and Christine Hawkins to encourage the planting of trees around Thornford having noticed the decline of trees around the village due to disease, storm damage, old age and vandalism.
Thornford Primary’s Eco Club were keen to get involved and the children took up the challenge or organising seed collecting and planting out days. Seeds from local native trees were collected including oak, rowan, maple, horse chestnut and walnut.
In December 2012 thirty young saplings were planted on a parcel of land kindly offered by The Digby Estate.
Trevor Rogers of Trees from Seed said: “We have had a lot of support which has been tremendous, with local carpenter Steve Rowe carving a plaque for the trees, local farmer Simon Clothier erecting a livestock and deer proof fence, and Richard Kay, a local gardener who dug all the holes for the trees and has twice mown the area unbidden.”
A record has been kept showing what tree has been planted where and by whom, and it is intended that a list will be displayed at both the village hall and primary school for future prosperity.