10000 Children - 10000 Trees - For You

by Andover Trees United
10000 Children - 10000 Trees - For You
10000 Children - 10000 Trees - For You
10000 Children - 10000 Trees - For You
10000 Children - 10000 Trees - For You
10000 Children - 10000 Trees - For You
10000 Children - 10000 Trees - For You
10000 Children - 10000 Trees - For You
10000 Children - 10000 Trees - For You
10000 Children - 10000 Trees - For You
10000 Children - 10000 Trees - For You
10000 Children - 10000 Trees - For You
10000 Children - 10000 Trees - For You
10000 Children - 10000 Trees - For You
10000 Children - 10000 Trees - For You
10000 Children - 10000 Trees - For You
10000 Children - 10000 Trees - For You
10000 Children - 10000 Trees - For You
10000 Children - 10000 Trees - For You
10000 Children - 10000 Trees - For You
10000 Children - 10000 Trees - For You
10000 Children - 10000 Trees - For You
10000 Children - 10000 Trees - For You
10000 Children - 10000 Trees - For You
10000 Children - 10000 Trees - For You
10000 Children - 10000 Trees - For You
10000 Children - 10000 Trees - For You
10000 Children - 10000 Trees - For You
10000 Children - 10000 Trees - For You
10000 Children - 10000 Trees - For You
10000 Children - 10000 Trees - For You
10000 Children - 10000 Trees - For You
10000 Children - 10000 Trees - For You
Pupil plants tree for his school during lockdown
Pupil plants tree for his school during lockdown

Hopes were dashed of bringing the rest of the schools to the wood to plant their trees when England entered its third Covid lockdown in January. Not to be daunted, volunteers met in small groups in February and March to complete the planting for the children and their schools. Youngsters volunteered their time and brought up their mums, dads and siblings at weekends to plant on behalf of their classmates. Bit by bit, slowly but surely the trees went into the ground.

Regular weekly workdays resumed at the start of February and, as well as completing the children's planting in Harmony Woods, the regular volunteer team planted 500 trees into 100 metres of new hedgerow.

Late February saw us once more being able to support the Nature in Harmony Youth Team, who are working towards their Junior Forester and John Muir Awards. The 6-strong group planted trees to narrow the woodland rides, which have become too wide as a result of increased human footfall, making it difficult for small mammals to cross. These newly-planted 'pinch points' should reduce the wear on the edges of the rides, allowing plants to regrow and providing improved cover for smaller creatures to move between habitats. Adult volunteers helped by extending the planting and putting up ‘Wildlife Crossing’ signs designed by the youth team.

Fundraising has also figured large in the last 3 months as we work hard to secure the funds needed to look after the wood and for a sister project, building a woodland classroom for all the children and young people and the wider community in the wood that they have planted together. The A5AnonArt fundraiser was supported by over 50 artists, amateur and professional, who generously donated A5 artworks, which were eagerly snapped up by art and nature lovers. 

Two fantastic initiatives in 2020 saw 1000s of oak whips, destined for the compost heap, rescued from nurseries in the UK and shared out amongst tree planting projects across the country. Thirty of these rescued oaks made their way to Andover and, as the tree planting season came to an end, were planted in our community tree nursery to be cared for over the coming months. When the next tree planting season arrives in November, a rescued oak will be given to each school to be part of the 10th and final massed planting in Harmony Woods.

As we near the end of our 1st decade of tree planting and as the Harmony Woods planting nears completion, strategic planning continues with fortnightly meetings to plan for the future. The ambition of the charity to continue tree planting with all the young people in our community, empowering them to be the next generation of Ambassadors for the natural world remains as strong as ever. The ambition extends to other communities and, although the pandemic may have delayed this, a key component of the next decade is not only to find planting sites for another 10000 trees to be planted by another 10000 children in our own local area, but also seeks to support other communities to do the same.

Finishing the hedge on behalf of the children
Finishing the hedge on behalf of the children
Much mulch to move!
Much mulch to move!
Narrowing the ride makes a good wildlife crossing
Narrowing the ride makes a good wildlife crossing
Youth members make sure all the family join in
Youth members make sure all the family join in
Brilliant new hedgerow
Brilliant new hedgerow

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AGM - Explaining what a pooter is!
AGM - Explaining what a pooter is!

Late summer…

September saw us holding a Covid-secure AGM, split over 2 days – a walk in the woods hosted by the Nature in Harmony Exchange project students, who demonstrated field study techniques to ‘bubbles’ of visitors who in turn took part in a socially-distanced bioblitz, and a formal online meeting.

Despite the challenges of the year, we still celebrated International Peace Day on behalf of UN Ambassador for Peace Jane Goodall and her Roots & Shoots programme, planting an oak tree to commemorate the day. We could not welcome the 100s of young people as in previous years but two very special youngsters got up especially early to stop by on their way to school to hang up peace doves and plant the oak.

October saw the wild flowers, propagated at home during lockdown, planted into the meadow and was otherwise filled with the usual work days and behind the scenes admin, necessary for caring for the wood and planning for the all-important children’s planting fortnight.

The start of winter and our annual children’s tree planting fortnight – with a difference!

From November 16th to 27th, thanks to your support, we held our 9th annual Tree Planting Fortnight in Harmony Woods - two weeks of tree planting that has been established in the Andover school calendar since 2012. 

Despite restrictions caused by the pandemic, children and young people from ten of the twenty-six tree-planting schools were still able to make their way to Harmony Woods over the fortnight. The remaining sixteen schools hope to join us in the new year. Fingers crossed!

During the fortnight, 21 British native ‘standard-sized’ (about 3m tall) trees and 250 tree whips were planted by the 10 school groups and volunteers from the community. Fifty of the whips were brought by the children themselves from their school nursery beds; some of the older children also planted not just their own standard tree, but a tree for children from one of the schools who couldn’t be there. Local adults stepped up to plant for the children as well – a fitting response, given that our local children have been planting for them for the past 8 years!

The standard trees have been planted to create a mini arboretum and British native tree walk, one tree for each school and each hung with a hand-sculpted name label. The 21 were added to during National Week, which in the UK this year ran from 26th November to 5th December. Three more trees were planted by students, families and friends on behalf of their schools and a Whitebeam was planted by the ATU youth team, supported by Test Valley Mayor, Cllr Hatley. Dedicated to people everywhere in a year that has been filled with both joy and profound sadness, the planting of the community Whitebeam on the 5th symbolises a time to reflect on the year, the generosity and kindnesses of community, and the lives lost and lives changed over. While the whole arboretum is dedicated to all the lives affected by the 2020 pandemic, some schools have also dedicated their own arboretum tree to a special member of their own community.

In spring 2021, the arboretum will grow even further with the creation of a wildflower meadow and chalk scrape (scraping back the top layer of soil to reveal the bare chalk earth beneath, encouraging a diversity of chalk-loving plants). Chalk wildflowers will be sowed in the centre of the looped walk, and the pond will be extended.  As the new arboretum takes shape, we are able to look forwards with hope to better times.

Keep planting…!

On this week’s Monday workday, the team were joined as usual by students from the town and 200 more trees were planted in the form of mixed hedgerow. We will continue to tree plant, with the young people in our own community for young people everywhere, over January and February to ensure that the promised 1000 trees all go into the ground before the end of winter.

A huge THANK YOU goes out to you all for your wonderful support, without which this work would not be possible. With the additional costs incurred to run Covid-secure workdays and the need to pay for more transport to bring the children to the wood (more buses needed to maintain ‘bubbles’), your donations have meant more than ever. We wish you a safe and peaceful Christmas and send you hopes for a healthy new year.

Planting Wildflowers into the Meadow
Planting Wildflowers into the Meadow
Planting Juniper into the Arboretum
Planting Juniper into the Arboretum
We love tree planting!
We love tree planting!
Peace Day 2020
Peace Day 2020
The Whitebeam - a Community Reflection Tree
The Whitebeam - a Community Reflection Tree
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Dear Friends,

We are currently writing up our latest quarterly report to share with you what your generous donations have made possible. It always takes a little longer at this time of year as we are in the throes of tree planting!

As an interim measure, and although the content of this was reported earlier in the year, we thought you might like to see this video which shows the team in action.

As ever, this comes with the grateful and heartfelt thanks of the Andover Trees United Team, on behalf of the children, young people, our wider community and all who will eventually benefit from our tree planting and environmental education efforts.

Wendy

Mentioned in the video:

  • Nature in Harmony: https://www.andovertrees.org.uk/nature-in-harmony 
  • Nature in Harmony Exchange Project: https://www.andovertrees.org.uk/exchange
  • One Ash - a sustainable forestry project: https://www.andovertrees.org.uk/one-ash
  • Ash Tree Stream: https://www.andovertrees.org.uk/ash-tree-stream
  • Community Art Gallery: https://www.andovertrees.org.uk/community-art-club 
  • Cabin Project: https://www.andovertrees.org.uk/the-cabin (We have launched a second GlobalGiving crowdfunder to support the build which, once achieved, will make it possible to continue and develop our work locally and further afield)

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Setting up the sanitisation station!
Setting up the sanitisation station!

Dear all,

Earlier this year we took part in the GlobalGiving Climate Action Campaign and were overwhelmed with our success. Thanks to supporters such as you, we managed to place 8th out of 127 projects worldwide! Raising an amazing £6000 for our work. THANK YOU!

Here's what we've been up to since then:

Community art club

During the lockdown, we set up a community art club. Every month we have been encouraging the local community to get out and explore nature, and to create artwork inspired by his or her local wildlife, each month focusing on a different theme. We have really loved sharing everyone's creations, we even had entries from across the world! 

The future of Andover Trees 

We had 3 community consultation workshops in June and July to begin to map out the future development of Andover Trees United. The ideas and ambitions generated by 30+ people from a range of backgrounds and ages will be used to form an action plan for the next 5 years of work for Andover Trees.

Guided by these ideas, we have now formed 6 working groups to focus on the following areas:

  1. Environment - Nature and Sustainability
  2. Community and Inclusion
  3. Education
  4. Creativity and Wellbeing - Arts and Connection
  5. Scaling Up and Influencing
  6. Business - ATU Brand and Funding

Together, each group will create their own mission statement and action plan.

 

A new project for ATU youth

This August saw the first session of our exciting new project, the Nature in Harmony Exchange Project.

Created in partnership with the Corcovado Foundation from Costa Rica, this project will provide opportunities for youth and young adults to develop their local and global environmental and ecological knowledge and to learn new skills.

Through communication between the young people from Andover and the young people from Drake Bay, participants will be able to share and compare their findings with each other, develop friendships and learn more about the differences and similarities between our environments, lifestyles and cultures.

Empowering our decision-makers of tomorrow to become environmental leaders in their communities.

 

Volunteer workdays

A few of our volunteers continued to work hard every Monday, making sure essential tasks are carried out in the woods, as well as managing the watering of trees and pots on the allotment. 

We have also been busy putting safety measures and procedures in place so that workdays can open up to the general public again now that lockdown is lifting.

This month, we tested out our COVID-19 procedures with a small group of experienced volunteers. Our monthly Saturday and weekly Monday workdays will begin to resume in September through a sign-up-in-advance system.



Wildlife surveys of Harmony Woods have begun!

At the start of May, we began our wildlife survey project, Nature in Harmony.

Nature in Harmony is a 12-month wildlife survey and community engagement project based in Harmony Woods and the wider Diamond Wood. The aim is to begin to create some baseline data of ‘what’s in the woods’, informing future conservation management decisions, whilst also educating and inspiring the local community and young people in local schools, especially our five 6 Trees & 6 Flowers partners, in concepts of woodland ecology, field survey techniques and species identification. 

We also set up a citizen science project, encouraging people who walk through Harmony Woods to notice nature, to look out for and identify any wildlife, plants and animals that they can. By submitting photos of their wildlife spots to our project page on the iNaturalist app, they are contributing to the collection of data to find out 'what's in woods'.



Moving into autumn we have lots of exciting work planned, including community event days, continuing our current project work and of course, putting plans together for the 9th year of tree planting with every school in the town.

Thank you enormously for your continued support.

Stay safe and well,
The ATU team.

Moth trapping for the Nature in Harmony project
Moth trapping for the Nature in Harmony project
The meadow is bursting with life and colour!
The meadow is bursting with life and colour!
Trees were the theme of July's art gallery!
Trees were the theme of July's art gallery!
Surveying for wildflowers and grasses
Surveying for wildflowers and grasses

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Harmony Woods
Harmony Woods

Dear supporters,

We know that times are tough at the moment, but there are still reasons to smile. 

One of those reasons being all of the great work that, with your kind support, we have been able to achieve. Here are some of the ways that your donation will have contributed to growing woodland, growing community, and growing understanding.

 

Tree planting:

The start of the year saw the whole of year 7 from a local secondary school come up to Harmony Woods to add their own trees - that’s about 120 more children - and this is the first year they have taken part in our annual tree planting fortnight!

The community also showed excellent support. We held a second community tree planting day in early March, where families, adults and young people helped to plant 50 trees (each representing a graduate from a local nursery school), and helped to finish all of the beating up (replacement of last year's failed trees).

We also ran a Plant-For-The-Planet Academy at the beginning of March, where 50 local children trained to become Climate Justice Ambassadors. The Academy is part of a UN Environment Programme initiative, where young people learn about the causes and consequences of the climate crisis, develop their own climate action plans, practice public speaking and plant their own trees. We provided 70 more trees which were planted at the local golf club in Andover who generously hosted the event.

Towards the end of the month and just before the UK went into COVID-lockdown, our Monday work team managed to get the last remaining trees into the ground, bringing another fantastic season of tree planting to an end.

 

Outdoor learning:
One could argue that February has been the star of the show this Winter. A super busy month, not only were we tree planting as mentioned above, but we also held one of our biggest outdoor learning events yet as part of our sustainable forestry schools project, ‘One Ash’.

120 school children from Andover Trees partner schools plus 60 adults - teachers, volunteers, crafters, foresters and other guests - all came together on the Englefield Estate to witness the felling of the ‘One Ash’ tree. 

Students also planted 30 new trees and watched craft demonstrations by representatives from the Sylva Foundation, the Hampshire Coppice Group, and the Englefield Estate forestry team. Demonstrations included making firewood, pegs, paddles and hay rakes.

After the timber from the ash is distributed, crafters will document their process of work for the children to follow and learn from.

Building up to the day, in 2019, the children had already visited the Ash and another mature woodland (on the Trinley Estate) as part of our ‘Meet The Trees’ outdoor learning programme. On these visits, children learned about different kinds of trees, the ecosystems that they support, the benefits and disadvantages of felling trees and the importance of sustainable forestry. More importantly, a previous visit to the ‘One Ash’ meant that the children could form an emotional connection to the tree - seeing it as a living thing and developing an appreciation for it before it was felled.

The full blog post plus some great pictures from the tree felling day is linked with this report.

Since the COVID-lockdown began, we have postponed our schools and community engagement project work. However, we are looking to continue to engage local youth with nature by putting together some activities that can be done at home.

Other work to note:

  • A wildlife surveying project is being planned in Harmony Woods with our interning graduate ecologist. 
  • The general woodland maintenance has continued on a weekly basis, volunteers working solo instead of in the usual work teams, including work to the pond. 
  • Next year's trees have been planted in the allotment and distributed to schools.
  • We’ve been getting together (pre-COVID) to practice our green crafting, including coppicing, ready for selling hand-crafted products at the end of the year! 
  • A new section of hedgerow was planted by a group of volunteers from the Andover Co-op
  • 100m of new hedgerow has been completed by the secondary school students since the start of the year
  • This year's wildflowers could not all be planted in the wood due to the lockdown and 100s have also been planted in volunteers' gardens. Seed sowing kits have been distributed to families around town to allow propagating to be carried out at home, so that the autumn wildflower planting can go ahead.

On a final note, we would like to briefly mention GlobalGiving’s Climate Action Campaign.

During April 20-24th, Andover Trees United are taking part in a Climate Action Campaign, where every donation given to our project, '10000 Children - 10000 Trees - For You', will be matched by 50%!

Of course, you have already given so generously and we are incredibly grateful for your support.
However, If you are able to, please consider 'voting' for us by making a donation (of any size) and, if you can, advocate for us by sharing our mission with a family member or friend or work colleague. Even a quick mention on your social media would mean the world to us.

In times like this, we’re reminded of how interconnected we all are. Thank you for being part of our community. Without you, none of it is possible.

Stay safe and well,

The Andover Trees United team.

Awe and wonder
Awe and wonder
More tree planting
More tree planting
Climate change game
Climate change game
Planting trees!
Planting trees!
Volunteers adding a willow circle to Harmony Woods
Volunteers adding a willow circle to Harmony Woods
Co-op volunteer team!
Co-op volunteer team!
The start of the next journey for One Ash
The start of the next journey for One Ash

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Andover Trees United

Location: Abbotts Ann, Hants - United Kingdom
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Wendy Davis
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