The spade is out, the plant order has arrived. It’s time for the next batch of trees to be planted at The Secret Campsite.
If you have been phoning today and not yet spoken yet to Tim, it’s because he is out of earshot. Doing one of his favourite things. Planting trees and digging holes.
What trees are being planted?
100 trees. The list includes 25 Cherry Plum, 10 Hazel, 5 Crab apple, 5 Pear, 5 Blackberry. Bird friendly hedge mix. 10 Hawthorn, 5 Privet. 5 Rose. Edible Hedging Mix. All of varying sizes plus 50 Bamboo Canes and spiral guards for each batch.
Where are they being planted?
We are planting them all over the campsite. Some are going into our new Wildlife Area. Located by the old (and now dismantled polytunnel) this area will provide a new home for the wildlife. We already know there’s adders and slow worms here. Once the trees are all planted we may rig up our trail camera and see which animals live here.
We are also planting more trees around the camping pitches to increase their screening.
Why are we doing it?
In short our wildlife is really important. Planting trees provides shelter and protects bio-diversity. Trees clean our air and absorb carbon and regulate the climate. For a longer list read this from One Tree Planted.
At the Secret Campsite we strive to provide our campers with nature, peace and space. We call it real camping with nature. Screening the pitches off, is a great way to see lots of native trees and have privacy. Plus you get to meet the neighbours. The bird neighbours. Birds use the trees both as a source of food and a place to nest. There’s something wonderfully connected about watching the wildlife go about their business. We get lots of different birds here at The Secret Campsite and have participated with the Big Garden Birdwatch on a number of occasions. Read what we saw here.
Postscript to blog… Tim planted 80 trees today, and has one big splinter. More planting coming up tomorrow.