Planting begins on new project

Henry Dymoke, co-director of the Scrivelsby Estate, and, right, artist  Christopher Wiles EMN-151012-175634001
Henry Dymoke, co-director of the Scrivelsby Estate, and, right, artist Christopher Wiles EMN-151012-175634001

Volunteers have been digging in to enhance their local environment by planting trees on the Scrivelsby Estate.

Around 70 people turned out on a cold and blustery day to take part in the first public planting event for the Woodland project, organised by artist Christopher Wiles.

The Woodland Project is in two parts but with a single aim - to use art to engage individuals in the enhancement and protection of the environment today for the benefit of future generations.

Throughout the year, Christopher Wiles has worked with more than 2,500 school children on a complimentary Arts Workshop Programme exploring ecological issues relating to woodland habitats and biodiversity

This has seen him create large tree murals in Kirkby on Bain Primary School, Edward Richardson Primary School at Tetford and Horncastle’s Banovallum School.

Each pupil has also created a self-portrait as a leaf to contribute to the final piece.

There will be further planting events between February 2016 and February 2017 for both the general public and the school children involved.

Eventually, 3,000 trees will be planted creating more than 2.5 acres of woodland habitat.

Trees for the Woodland Project have been sponsored by Crowders Garden Centre, Horncastle and the Coaching Inn Hotel Group, - Horncastle’s The Admiral Rodney and The White Hart, Boston - as part of their Treesleep scheme.