Get involved with the Lockdown Woods Project
Join 'Friends of the Lockdown Woods'
Like to care for Lockdown Woods, tending our new baby trees? We are creating new groups to look after them named 'Friends of the Lockdown Woods'. We will meet monthly for a couple of hours and hope it to be a good sociable way to meet like-minded people and watch our saplings change and grow. We will mainly be checking sapling health, replacing canes, watering, weeding or litter picking depending on what is required.
For a full list of what to bring please hover over the lovely picture on the right of one of our dedicated planters!
'Friends of Lockdown Woods Goldwell Park' meeting 1st Sunday of each month, 10am in the Park.
'Friends of Lockdown Woods Barn Crescent' meeting 2nd Sunday of each month, 10am in Barn Crescent.
Please let us know if you're interested by email & indicate which group suits you best so we can ensure we can run a covid-safe event.
What to bring to a 'Friends of the Lockdown Woods' meeting
- Boots (or wellies for Barn Crescent, which is wet in one area)
- Gardening gloves
- Mallet if you have one
- Bucket or sack for weeds, and rubbish
- Water for trees (and for you)
- Empty watering can (or full if you are walking down)
Come Plant with us
We will be holding public planting events in Autumn 2021. Please watch our website and Facebook Page for more information.
Dedicate a tree
This project is about coming to terms with the enormous losses suffered during the pandemic. Maybe you have lost someone due to COVID-19 or know individuals or businesses working exceptionally hard to keep our country running throughout this period?
Artwork by the fantastic Jackie Paynter of a private dedication idea
We will be holding a dedication ceremony in 2021 for each site where you can dedicate a tree (either your own homegrown sapling or one of ours) for your wishes. We hope to have live music and poetry from the amazing members of our community.
In the meantime, we offer the option of a personal dedication that you may hold with your family in Spring with one of our already planted trees, rather than waiting until the autumn. There are around 200 beautiful young trees which are already around 6' tall, planted by the district council amongst our smaller saplings, which would be very suitable for dedications. The council have kindly agreed to our request to use these new trees for dedications by members of the local community.
If you are interested, please email us and we will send some guidance notes. Please note that gatherings are currently not permitted under Government Covid restrictions, but you are welcome to choose a sapling and start planning your ceremony.
Tree Guardians of 2020-2021
At the beginning of our project we asked members of the public to gather saplings from their garden and care for them to be planted in our woodlands.
We had a fantastic 100 saplings registered on our site in 2020 which were sadly unable to be planted in Winter 2020 due to ongoing COVID restrictions on large gatherings. However, these will join our Lockdown Woods in autumn 2021 alongside saplings donated by the Woodland Trust so please continue to care for these if you can. We will not be asking for new saplings to be gathered this summer unfortunately.
Our Sapling Registration form is now reinstated so you can re-register surviving saplings over 50cm tall to be planted out in our Lockdown Woods.
We ask you to do this again even if you registered your baby trees last year, as some of those may have been planted already, or moved, or sadly died. Thank you very much for your time.
One of our youngest tree guardians, Freddie Marsh, eight years old