On 6th, 7th & 8th November 2012 members of the Lower Mole Countryside Management Project together with volunteers from Ashtead assembled at Rye Meadows spent three days planting trees either side of the Rye Brook for the Jubilee Wood.
Over the space of three days several hundred trees were planted in small copses in various of the fields comprising the Rye Meadows. Species of trees included Oak, Hornbeam, Willow, Alder, Hazel, Lime, Field Maple, Dogwood, Hawthorn, and Field Rose.
Daphne Burnett writes, "The Lower Mole Project Volunteers last week recorded 228 hours of work in the preparation and planting of close on 700 trees in Rye Meadows in excellent weather conditions, as your photographs will, I'm sure, make clear. Could you include a "Thank you" from the Rye Meadows team for the huge contribution of the Lower Mole Project volunteers and other local residents who turned out to help plant so many trees."
The photos below are some of the team who helped on the days.
Despite the damp drizzle and rain over 40 hardy souls turned out to plant trees on Saturday 24th November. Residents were assisted by the 1st Ashtead (Pelham) Scout Group, Jubilee Cub Pack so named because it only started in September this year.
The Leader, Felicity Hewitt, and her Assistant, Elle Thorne, were there together with three keen cubs all working towards getting their badges; Harry McDougal, Freddie Hewitt and Sian Thorne, ably assisted by Harry's Dad, Tony. Jim Malynn, Chairman of the Ashtead Residents' Association planted three trees, an oak and two willows, donated by the Association. Pictured here with local cub scouts and their leaders and Daphne Burnett.
Also present were many local residents and Daphne Burnett expressed her thanks to all those who braved the weather to turn out and help plant over 800 trees. Local Councillor, Paula Hancock, took a break from Council duties to join residents and to plant trees and get wet - or was it get wet and plant trees!
Many of the Burnett family also arrived to help, some travelling down from Scotland. Below is Daphne and George Burnett, together with their Son-in-Law, Tom, and Granddaughter, Milly. Kneeling is Stefanie Weinmann from Methodic Practice, chief organiser of the planting.