Local residents are being invited to help plant a new hedgerow at Bemerton Heath Recreation Ground this Saturday

on Thursday, 27 February 2020.

On Saturday 29 February from 2pm until 5pm, a 120 metre long hedgerow is being planted in the Bemerton Heath Community Recreation Ground, and local residents are being invited to help.

Salisbury City Council is working in conjunction with Extinction Rebellion Salisbury and Salisbury Wildlife Group of the Wilts Wildlife Trust to plant the hedge to further provide wildlife and ecological value within the City.

The planting follows a successful fundraising drive in September where Bemerton residents were involved in a ‘bicycle swarm’ during Car Free Day to raise money for the hedge.

Extinction Rebellion Salisbury is asking people to help them plant just under 500 whips of five native species supplied from local nursery, Landford Trees on the day. They are inviting people to bring any native species they may have potted up at home which they can plant along the hedge line to increase its variety further.

The wildlife corridor hedge will be located at the bottom of the recreation ground. The total distance that the hedge will cover is approximately 120 metres in length and will develop along the boundary to join with the allotments hedge. In the longer term the hedgerow will provide ideal sheltered sites for adding beetle banks, insect hotels and bat boxes.

It is hoped that the hedgerow will contribute towards cleaner air and help combat C02 emissions.