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NEWS RELEASE No: 144621 MARCH 2011

Lincs folk go back to their roots to help local wood

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Forester Wally Grice at Osgodby Wood surveys the area set to be replanted this spring

Nature fans are being invited to join a grass roots – or even tree roots movement!

The Forestry Commission is set to plant 15,000 trees in Osgodby Wood, near Market Rasen, as part of a long term plan to broaden wildlife habitats.

And now local people are being given chance to get the ball rolling by joining a special planting day on Saturday 5 March, from 10am to 4pm.

Larch, rowan, oak, and pine all need to be planted by hand before the weather warms up and roots become active.

Forester Wally Grice said:

“We are planting more broadleaf trees and creating open spaces to make the wood an even better place for wildlife.  We have a really active local community around Osgodby and the planting day is a great way for people to get involved in the future of their local wood.”

The planting will help re-stock a three hectare (7.5 acre) area of Osgodby Wood  felled a couple of years ago.  Small mammals thrive in such habitats and so forest chiefs left so called eco-perches – 20 foot tree stumps – in situ to provide a perch for buzzards, kestrels and owls to scan a rich hunting ground.

Elsewhere, another 15,000 trees will be planted in other nearby Forestry Commission woods, include Willingham Wood, also near Market Rasen.

Refreshments and jacket potatoes will be provided at the tree planting day.   Bring wellies or sturdy footwear, warm clothing and a spade if you have one. 

To take part contact Hannah Darcel on  01623 821452 or 07789942599, or email

Notes to editor

  1. Osgodby Wood was planted in the 1950s on land used as a military camp by soldiers charged with protecting Lincolnshire’s air fields.  It was also the site of a TB hospital.

  2. Forestry Commission England is the government department responsible for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands. For more visit

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