Hardworking volunteers create new habitat for wildlife with edible hedging

The volunteer working party at Sunnyside Rural Trust
The volunteer working party at Sunnyside Rural Trust

Wildlife will have a new area of habitat at Sunnyside Rural Trust’s Hemel site, thanks to a team from Osborne Property Services and Dacorum Borough Council, who spent aday at the trust’s site.

The 420 saplings, donated by the Woodland Trust, will provide a rich and varied source of edible hedging for all kinds of wildlife.

The working party, which consisted of employees from Osborne, Dacorum Borough Council and tenants, proved a great opportunity for everyone to get to know each other outside of work.

With atrocious weather the day before and dropping temperatures the day after, the volunteers had a dry and mild day for their volunteering.

They made quick progress planting all the saplings and also transplanted some trees.

Dacorum Borough Council worker Adrian Hoole said: “We all had a great time planting the hedge and orchard. It was good to work together for such a good cause.

“I would encourage anyone to pop down to the farm shop and look at the fantastic range of products the trust are producing from the local area.”