Ambitious

tree planting scheme for Hall Meadow

Tuesday January 16, 2018

More than 300 new trees, some of which have been grown from acorns, have recently been planted at Concord as part of a two year project to restore the 34 acre Hall Meadow fronting the campus. The acorns are from oaks from the Concord grounds and have been nurtured off site over a period of 20 years, growing to a height of eight feet. They are amongst a variety of other species, including Scots pine, Norway maple, silver birch, European beech, sweet cherry, sweet chestnut and common lime, which are all part of the planting scheme. The sweet chestnut trees that were planted last week have also already grown to approximately eight feet in height and will be a feature of the restored Hall Meadow at the college. In addition to the trees, the grounds staff at Concord, under Head Groundsman Paul Humphreys, are involved in planting five acres of wild flower plants as well as 2,500 hedging plants around the drainage lagoon. Said Paul, who has been Head Groundsman for the last three years:  “This is the biggest planting scheme that Concord College has undertaken in many years and I am sure it will be appreciated by generations to come. “We are already starting to see the benefits of the trees and the wild flowers which should be particularly colourful this year.” Said Concord College Principal Neil Hawkins:  “The new and extensive tree planting is part of the overall scheme to enhance the natural environment as well as seeking to restore aspects of Acton Burnell Hall’s historic parkland setting dating back to the early 19th century.” The overall scheme has not only included landscaping, but drainage as well as the creation of sports pitches and a running track. Pictured are Head Groundsman Paul with grounds supervisor Charlie Humphreys planting a sweet chestnut.