The association is making really good progress with the scheme and once finished, will be a public document designed to record the trees and hedgerows within and around the village which are thought worthy of special note and protection. It will include, or provide links to, advice on how they should be protected and maintained.
The draft objectives of the project are to:
• ? Increase awareness of our tree heritage generally and of specific trees in particular
• ? Educate owners and others about the importance of this heritage
• ? Facilitate action by EDDC when any of the trees are threatened
• ? Provide practical support for the protection and maintenance of these trees or, where necessary replaced, by providing information on, or links to, available resources and websites.
It is a really excellent piece of work by the association and anyone who knows the village, will realise that there are hundreds, if not thousands of important veteran native trees in West Hill, which puts into perspective how hard Dick Beardsall and his team must have worked to get to this stage.
Dick says: “We shall be explaining what this is about and reporting on the progress made in the trial area at a public meeting at West Hill Village Hall on Friday 18 October. The meeting starts at 7.30 but the STOWH item will start around 8.30 immediately following (free) refreshments. So why not look in, hear what we are doing and contribute to the debate. You will be very welcome.”