Great oaks from little acorns

March 2012

The Alan Shearer Activity Centre's large landscaped garden is always popular with visitors, and the Centre's gardeners and volunteers work hard to keep it attractive and accessible. They recently found they had even more work on their hands when The Woodland Trust donated 500 assorted hedging plants for our grounds.

Most of the plants are now in place, forming a boundary between the Centre's large lawn and the new market garden which is under construction behind our Woodland Walk.

As the new bushes become established they should make the grounds even more attractive to local wildlife.

The next major planting will be a Royal Oak sapling, which the Centre has been given as part of the Jubilee Woods project celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The sapling was grown from an acorn gathered from a royal estate.

Some of the new hedging plants