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Independent charity Cambridge Past, Present & Future is planting 4,000 trees this winter as part of its effort to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss.

Cambridge Past, Present & Future is planting 4,000 trees this winter as part of its effort to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss
Cambridge Past, Present & Future is planting 4,000 trees this winter as part of its effort to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss

Volunteers are needed to help plant the trees and planting events are being organised throughout the winter at Coton Countryside Reserve and Wandlebury Country Park.

Ed Wombwell, the charity’s estate manager, said: “There’s no way that our small team of wardens can plant all these trees, we need as many hands as possible. The next tree planting events are planned for Saturday, January 8 near Coton village, and then on Saturday, January 29, Tuesday, February 1 and Saturday, February 5 at Wandlebury Country Park. They are all from 10.30am to 1pm.”

Cambridge Past, Present & Future is planting 4,000 trees this winter as part of its effort to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss
Cambridge Past, Present & Future is planting 4,000 trees this winter as part of its effort to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss

Two groups of volunteers of all ages and abilities planted around 600 trees on Saturday, December 11 and Tuesday, December 14 at the Coton Countryside Reserve, to create a new area of woodland.

The species being planted are the same as those found at the nearby Madingley Wood and it is hoped that this will create a larger area of woodland habitat that can support more wildlife as part of the Cambridge Nature Network.

Cambridge Past, Present & Future is planting 4,000 trees this winter as part of its effort to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss
Cambridge Past, Present & Future is planting 4,000 trees this winter as part of its effort to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss

Ed added: “We are really grateful to the volunteers who did a fantastic job but we need more people to help if we are going to plant all the trees. You don’t need any previous experience; we will teach you how to plant the tree and we have spades if you don’t have one. Families are very welcome.”

Full details of the events can be found at cambridgeppf.org. The tree planting is part of the Cambridge Nature Network and is being funded by Natural England’s Nature Recovery Project and the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund.

Cambridge Past, Present & Future is planting 4,000 trees this winter as part of its effort to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss
Cambridge Past, Present & Future is planting 4,000 trees this winter as part of its effort to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss

In early 2020, the Cambridge Independent launched its Plant a Tree Campaign to help us get 10,000 trees planted across the county.

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