Villagers in Twyning plan to do their bit for the environment by planting 420 trees later this month.
Members of Twyning Sports Club are looking forward to putting the saplings in the ground on November 23. It will be part of an event that they have organised to regenerate the perimeter of the sports field at Puckrup.
Other people from the area are also invited to attend from 10am to noon to either help with the planting or support those taking part on the day.
Club spokesman Pete Healey said: “The committee have taken this opportunity to work with the Woodland Trust as part of our project to replace the perimeter fence around the sports field.
“As well as replacing the fencing, we are planting a sustainable boundary using hedgerow species. This in time will create a permanent boundary which will last for generations to come, providing all year round colour and a home to local wildlife.
“We are organising this event with the Hilton Foundation, our neighbours, and members of Twyning Cricket Club and Tewkesbury Town Colts FC who will help with the planting.”
The trees, all native broad-leaved species, are expected to grow into a flourishing young wood in as little as 10 years.
They have been provided by the trust, as part of its tree pack scheme, where trees are supplied for free to groups that want to improve their neighbourhood.
John Tucker, the trust’s director of woodland creation, added: “Planting trees is a fantastic way of bringing together groups of people, particularly children, who either want to improve their local environment, learn more about wildlife or create a lasting memorial for those who have made a mark on their community.
“The UK has just 13 per cent woodland cover compared to a European average of 44 per cent and the trees we do have are under increasing threat from diseases and development. By teaming up with communities like Twyning Sports Club, we hope to double our native woodland cover and enrich our landscape for generations to come.”
The trust’s tree packs come in eight different themes, depending on why and where they are being planted, such as to attract wildlife, offer all year round colour or grow fruit for baking, cooking or making drinks.
The pack sizes range from 30 trees for a small copse, to 420 for an area equivalent to an international football pitch.