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    MP highlights work of Woodland Trust in Boxford Valley

    An oak sapling has been planted in Boxford by south Suffolk MP James Cartlidge to highlight the importance of conservation work in the area.

    The tree is on land owned by the Woodland Trust, which manages nearby Primrose Wood on the upper side of the River Box. It marks a ‘line of sight’ that will be left for the public to enjoy between the summit of the river bank and Boxford Church, through an avenue of Lime trees the Trust is in the process of planting.

    Mr Cartlidge said he was encouraged to meet Trust members and hear about the work they are carrying out in the Box valley – and in relation to Ash dieback.

    “This work is important because the Woodland Trust will be protecting and nurturing an area of countryside that is either woodland or will be in future, next to new development on greenfield land,” he said.

    “The work of the trust therefore acts to ameliorate some of the impact of new housing in a rural setting.

    “There should be new paths to the valley for local people to enjoy and I’m sure over the years ahead, the oak tree will grow amid a flourishing and newly wooded bank of the Box, for the benefit of the whole community.”

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