Leith Links gains 105 new trees as part of UK woodland project

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Around 15 volunteers made short work of planting 105 new trees on Leith Links today, as part of a UK project that will see more than 300,000 native trees planted this year.

The Leith Links trees were donated to Greener Leith by the Woodland Trust as part of the Trust’s Jubilee Woods project.

The young trees, which were part of a wild harvest pack from the trust, have been planted as a hedge alongside the newly completed section of the Leith – Portobello cycle path. The pack contained a mixture of hazel, blackthorn, crab apple, elder and dog rose to complement the similar edible hedge plants that already surround the orchard.

The pack also contained a Royal Oak sapling which will be donated to a local primary school as the Children’s Orchard site simply isn’t suitable for what will potentially be a large tree.

We hope that these new trees will add to the free edible delights available for both humans and wild animals in this corner of Leith Links.

And of course we’d like to thank all the volunteers – young and old – who turned out on a chilly Remembrance Sunday morning with their spades and trowels to pitch in and help get them planted. In the end, it only took about an hour and half from start to finish.

In the spring we hope to organise a clean-up and bulb planting session at the Children’s Orchard and so if you are interested in taking part, please keep an eye on the events section of thegreeneleithsocial.org

If you know a community group that could make use of some free trees, then the Woodland Trust are accepting applications for Spring 2013. You can find out more on this bit of the Woodland Trust website.

Written by Ally Tibbitt

Ally Tibbitt is a member of Greener Leith. He looks after this website.