As part of the St Mary’s 750 celebrations, we are aiming to plant 750 trees. These will provide a tangible legacy of this significant anniversary as well as environmental benefits for the community too, contributing to the mitigation of climate change, improving air quality and providing a home for wildlife.
Trees offer a social benefit too: just being around trees makes people feel good. As well as increasing the beauty of our community, we hope this project will create a positive impact in our little corner of Hertfordshire.
We are currently approaching local schools, environmental groups and private landowners who have access to potential sites on which to plant trees or hedges, as well as volunteers to undertaking planting and maintenance.
We’re also in contact with Three Rivers District Council who hope to plant a number of mature trees as a contribution towards our target figure, as well as identifying a possible site on which individuals can plant trees. Batchworth Community Council has also expressed an interest in collaborating with us on this project.
The initial plan was to focus on planting trees within the parish boundary but initial interest has been so great that we quickly extended the scope of the project to encompass the ‘whole of the local area’. After all, the more trees, the better!
Everyone is welcome to plant a tree and be part of the ‘greening’ of Rickmansworth so please spread the word!
We already have commitments from a number of local organisations to plant and maintain trees and a number of individuals have also placed orders. If you’d like to plant a tree, we’d love to hear from you.
We will be planting native species including:
- English Oak
- Common Alder
- Common Beech
- Silver Birch
- Downy Birch
- Mountain Ash (Rowan)
- Wild Cherry
- Field Maple
- Bird Cherry
- Common Crab Apple
- Grey Willow
- Guelder Rose
- Common Dogwood
- Goat Willow
We are ordering whips which are approximately 2’ high. They will come with stakes and spiral trunk protectors.
We are also developing an educational pack for schools who wish to start with planting seeds and nurturing their trees before planting them.
Most of the trees are being donated by The Community Volunteering charity through their I Dig Trees programme.
There are some administrative costs involved in running this project and donations are welcomed.
The best time to plant your tree is in the winter.
All trees will come with information about how to plant them and, of course, how to care for them until they are established.
Our first order of trees will be delivered in January 2020.
We have received orders for trees from:
- The Canal and River Trust (Rickmansworth branch)
- Maple Lodge Reserve
- Friends of Stockers Lake
We look forward to adding your name to this list!