Woodland area for Wedmore to enjoy

AN ANONYMOUS donor has generously given a piece of land for the residents of Wedmore to enjoy. The animal lover has given quarter of an acre to Wedmore Green Group for it to make into a woodland area.

AN ANONYMOUS donor has generously given a piece of land for the residents of Wedmore to enjoy.

The animal lover has given quarter of an acre to Wedmore Green Group for it to make into a woodland area.

Group chairman Steve Mewes said: "We are obviously thrilled with the generous offer and cannot wait to get started on the project.

"The land, which is a short walk from the new car park in Cheddar Road, needs clearing so we are now looking for volunteers to help out.

We will be clearing debris on the weekend of November 24 and 25 and then planting on December 1 and 2.

"We have picked a selection of trees native to the area and will be planting beech, willow, oak and hazel.

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"There are few places in Wedmore where people can go for a picnic, relax with friends and enjoy the countryside."

As the group is eager to make the woodland as environmentally friendly as possible, members are encouraging residents not to drive to the area, but walk or cycle instead.

The footpath from the new car park in Cheddar Road leads to the site, which is in the Latcham area, just outside the village or people can walk from Gooseham Lane.

Project organiser Rob Richley said: "The woodland has four benefits. Firstly, it will be a place people can enjoy. It will also make a contribution to reducing carbon emissions from vehicles, heating boilers and factories as trees absorb carbon which will help reduce the effect of global warming. Thirdly, the trees can be a renewable source of fuel for residents to use. Lastly, it will be a woodland habitat for creatures to live.

"Residents can take their families along to enjoy the woodland or do some bird-watching.

"We are encouraging people to help with the planting. After all, if families plant a tree it can be enjoyed by their children, their grandchildren and future generations."

Anyone who would like to help can go along on the two weekend events between 10am and 4pm. For more details call Rob on 01934 713802 or email mail@westword.demon.co.uk

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