Volunteers needed for Lake District tree planting project

by | Nov 19, 2016 | Featured Slider, Latest, News

The RSPB is calling on local active nature lovers to get involved with a new tree planting project at Haweswater.

Working with the Environment Agency, the RSPB is looking for volunteers to help plant 4000 trees along Swindale Beck, a small river which runs through farmland it leases from United Utilities.

Earlier this year a one-kilometre stretch of Swindale Beck, which had been artificially straightened 200 years ago, was restored to a more natural curving course in a partnership project between the RSPB, the Environment Agency, United Utilities and Natural England. This slowed the flow of the river, making conditions more suitable for spawning salmon and trout, as well improving water quality. In combination with similar schemes, it could also help to reduce the risk of downstream flooding.

A continuation of this project, the new woodland will provide shade for spawning fish, and help further alleviate downstream flooding by slowing the flow of water over land during periods of heavy rainfall.

The mixture of willow, alder and other native broadleaf woodland trees have been kindly donated by the Woodland Trust.

Lee Schofield, Site Manager at RSPB Haweswater, said: “We are looking for volunteers who like spending time outdoors in beautiful countryside to come and help us create the new woodland. You don’t need any previous experience as all training will be provided.

“The tree planting at Swindale is one of many projects we are carrying out at Haweswater to provide a range of benefits for people and nature.”

People interested in volunteering for the tree planting project should contact the RSPB Haweswater office on 01931 713 376 or email haweswater@rspb.org.uk.