Trees in a new nature reserve in Ambleside are getting the best start in life thanks to Dalefoot teaming up with the University of Cumbria.

We have played a part in the planting of 105 silver birch, rowan and hazel saplings in the new reserve which have all now been top dressed with our Lakeland Gold. Dalefoot loves to take part in environmental projects and support the local community so we jumped at the chance to play a small role in this wonderful project.

Armed with waterproofs and wellies, shovels and spades 25 forestry and conservation students, friends and lecturers set off in the drizzle to turn a piece of redundant land owned by the University of Cumbria near the Ambleside campus into the new woodland.

Also helping was Honorary Fellow - John Fryer-Spedding, past president of the Royal Forestry Society and founder of the Calvert Trust. The Royal Forestry Society (RFS) is an educational charity dedicated to promoting the wise management of trees and woodlands.

The woodland will unofficially be known as MacGilrea Wood, named in Gaelic after Joshua Gilroy who organised the project. University of Cumbria student Joshua, applied for the saplings from the Woodland Trust as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy global forest conservation initiative.

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Barker and Bland is a limited company registered in England and Wales. Registered office: Dalefoot Farm, Heltondale, Nr Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2QL. Registered number: 8312959

This project is supported by the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) for which Defra is the Managing Authority, part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas.

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