Frank helps WI ‘dig for Britain’ in Barley

WI tree planting in Barley (S)

WI tree planting in Barley (S)

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Barley WI went “digging for Britain”, and enlisted a man to do the hard work.

The Parish Council’s official lengthsman Frank Wilkinson became the group’s knight in shining armour after they were allocated 30 trees by the Woodland Trust and asked to plant them at the side of the picnic area in the village. Frank strode to the rescue with his trusty spade and dug the holes for volunteers from the WI committee to plant the whips.

Each of the small silver birch, rowan and wild cherry trees was covered with a plastic protector to keep out rabbits. It is hoped the trees will provide spring colour and autumn berries, as well as helping to stabilise the bank.

The WI’s next forestry project will be to plant willow tree in a very wet area at the lower part of the bank.