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Due to increased measures with COVID-19 we have had to make the difficult decision to delay the planting of our homegrown saplings and dedications until 2021. While we were extremely excited to get your saplings in the ground and bring this project to life, we also feel that doing this with limited numbers (one person per household on site for example) would not be the right way. We hope to be able to properly celebrate these dedications when it is safe to do so.

We do, however, have a number of woodland trust saplings that have been ordered in for planting this year. Since they are very immature, they will need to get in the ground this season or will die before next autumn. For this reason we are still looking for volunteers to come and help on planting days at Barn Crescent and Goldwell Park. To book in a slot for helping please check out our planting days on the Lockdown Woods page.

Apologies once again for this inconvenience, if you have any questions please do email us using the contact form.

After months of protests and bitter nights spent camping up in the trees, Jone's Hill Wood has finally been cleared of activists. The ancient woodland is set to be demolished to make way for the HS2 railway later this year.

Police were sent in to remove protesters including Steve Masters, a West Berkshire Councillor and one of the earliest campers on site, as well as 'Swampy the Eco Warrior' who rose to fame some 20 years ago when he tunnelled under a bypass to protest against it's construction.

Read more about it on the HS2 rebellion webpage.

Hi all,

With the project reaching an exciting turning point, we now need to move on to planning the planting of your lovely, home-grown saplings. If you have any that exceed 50cm that you would like to be included in this year's plantings, please register them using the form at the bottom of the lockdown woods page by the 10th of October.

If your saplings are not mature just yet, please still look after them as we can plant them in 2021. Thanks very much!


E: info@newburyfoe.co.uk

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