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Swan Housing Association have been helping to ensure a greener future as part of National Tree Week by working with partners to plant over 270 trees donated by The Woodland Trust.
National Tree Week runs from 25 November - 3 December and marks the start of the winter tree planting season; this is the key time to plant young trees to give them the best chance to thrive! Swan's Sustainability Manager, Frankie Bowen, worked in close partnership with Basildon Council, the Billericay Community Garden and Swan's repairs partner Axis to identify suitable locations to plant the donated trees.
Volunteers John Frid and Andy Molloy from the Billericay Community Garden, less than half a mile from Swan's Office in Billericay, were delighted to receive a selection of flowering cherry, sloe and rowan trees which have been planted throughout the Community Garden. When they are established, it is hoped that they will help to provide structure to the garden which hosts "Forest Schools" for young children living in the area and promotes food growing throughout the local community. They were joined on their planting day by Emma from the Nemesis Senior Section Guide Unit in Billericay.
Swan's repairs partner Axis also planted over 70 of the donated trees in the garden of the Demelza Children's Hospice Garden in Sittingbourne, Kent.
Basildon Council have taken delivery of the remaining trees and are currently working to identify the best locations in the borough for the young saplings.
Frankie Bowen, Sustainability Manager at Swan said:
"We were delighted to receive such a large number of young saplings from the Woodlands Trust and to be able to work with our partners to plant them during National Tree Week. Once established, these trees will help to enrich vital wildlife habitats and increase biodiversity whilst adding to the character and charm of the locations they are planted in. At Swan we are passionate about sustainability and this is a great way to make a long-term difference."
Michaela Skodova, Sustainability Manager at Axis said:
"When we found out that Swan Housing Association had over 70 trees to give away, we were delighted to help find them a home. We were so pleased that Demelza Children's Hospice, one of Axis's main charities, had a garden in need of trees."