Tree planting appeal for Balmacassie

Ellon Biodiversity Action Group is appealing for volunteers to help plant trees at Balmacassie

The group are hoping for a good turnout on Saturday, when 500 new trees are scheduled to be planted at the town’s community woodland, with a view to improving the town’s natural habitat.

Spokesman Bob Davis said that the event was a great opportunity for people to get fit as well as improving their local environment.

He told the Times: “It is getting close to that time of year when people everywhere act very strange; they take a tree into

their living rooms! Well, it is also that time of year when people everywhere are doing something that is not strange at all, in fact it is positively beneficial; they are planting trees.”

National Tree Week starts in November, with enthusiastic gardners and those concerned with the environment urged to help plant new trees.

“Planting trees shows a real commitment to the future, and it keeps you fit as well, and there is no reason at all why the very good folk of Ellon should miss out on this free and important ‘keep-fit’ exercise on Saturday the 24th

“Everyone in Ellon is invited to attend.

The planting event kicks off at 10.00am on Saturday and people are asked to meet at the entrance to the community woodland at the end of Castle Way. Members of the EBAG team will be on hand to show which way up the trees have to be planted, and indicate where the trees are to go.

A range of species, all native to NE Scotland, have been planted already, and the trees that are to be planted will, it is hoped, add to the diversity. Species such as crab apple and common osier will be among the species planted. No one requires any Bob added: “The work is not hard, and not technical but extremely important, and best of all it is very, very rewarding. All that is required is a lot of bodies of all ages, who can bring a spade if possible, but there will be spare ones available.

For more information on the event, contact Bob Davis on 01358711292, or via e-mail at bob.b.davis@btinternet.com.