Tree cheers for Reston pupils

Published Tuesday, 5th December 2017 in SAC Consulting news

Pictured: Pupils from Reston Primary School, who helped with the planting of nearly 200 trees.

Pupils from Reston Primary School recently joined other members of the Reston and Auchencrow communities to help plant around 200 trees in a scheme facilitated by SAC Consulting, part of SRUC.

The community woodland planting event took place along the riverside walk at Reston, in the Scottish Borders, completing a long-term project that has stabilised the riverside bank and created a community play and picnic area.

Among the trees planted were oaks, alder, cherry birch, willows and Coastal Redwoods.

The driving force behind the project has been the Reston Community Company led by Logan Inglis. The final tranche of planting was made possible with a grant from Scottish Borders Council under the Penmanshiel Compensatory Replanting Grant Scheme. The scheme includes a simplified application process with free support and professional advice available from SAC Consulting.

The grant scheme has been funded under a developer contribution provided by the Penmanshiel wind farm developer RES. The wind farm development required the removal of a large spruce plantation on the Penmanshiel site. The tree planting grant scheme was set up to replant over 110 hectares of diverse woodland in the Borders.

Important project

Stephen Adlard, Woodlands Consultant at SAC Consulting, said: “Not only will the tree planting at Reston stabilise the river bank, but it will also create wildlife habitats and enhance a well-used public footpath and play area. A huge thank you goes to everyone who volunteered to help with this important project, including the pupils of Reston Primary School.”

Around 100 hectares of woodland has now been approved for planting under the grant scheme, leaving only another ten hectares to be funded.

To discuss possible new planting areas, please email Stephen.adlard@sac.co.uk or call 0131 603 7529.

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