Tree Error

The Woodland Trust contacted Janice Yelland-Sutcliffe – Greening Champion / Coordinator of the Community Green Space Projects - to say that St Mary’s would be receiving 840 hedgerow plants (trees and shrubs) instead of 420, all measuring between 20 and 40cm. “It was part human/part computer error, but it was a problem as they were on their way and would not have survived a return trip!” says Janice, “We had to transport the trees from my house but fortunately Radio Nottingham presenter Frances Finn heard about it and asked if she could interview me on the phone - this was at 11.20am during St Mary’s Snowdrop Day so everyone in the church heard the interview - and of course we got the trees moved. The Woodland Trust staff also heard it and were delighted, albeit amused about the error.”

As a result, Frances Finn is officially planting the final willows on the 21st along with 1st Trentside Scouts, and St Mary’s Junior Church and their families. There will also be representatives from the Royal British Legion, the Woodland Trust, and HMP Lowdham Grange - who will be receiving some hedgerow/trees saplings.

Local Parish Councillors Alison Glazebrook and Damien Rex will be attending and the excess greenery will overflow to Lowdham Parish Council, who have been allocated some of the tree/shrub sticks to extend the planting into the village and possibly to create a peaceful willow holt; a grove which would become a ‘tranquil sitting and learning space’ in the future. The coppice areas are to be extended to benefit outdoor learning space for outdoor/wildlife activities, including programmes for The Forest School.

The dedication of the Hedge on the 21st begins at 2pm with soup for lunch and cakes from 2pm onwards as the planting commences, and a short service will be led by the Revd Carol Tainton. Local residents will plant the final saplings of the hedge and The Bookcase, an independent bookshop in Lowdham, will provide a selection of local books and authors.

Janice says: “What is quietly going on in the background is that we are slowly walking along side those in the community, creating a foundation that can be built on, but we want it solid and sustainable not a flash of money and outcomes that disappear. There is a desire to create a base from which mission can be truly developed and expanded. .... but that is something to launch later as part of our Heritage, Hope and Legacy Initiative which is a church vision to bring the church and community closer together predominantly through the outdoor projects such as our Community Orchard and WW1 Heritage Hedge, as well as the Churchyard Restoration Project.”

For more information contact Janice Yelland-Sutcliffe : 01159 664 215 M: 07786 272 270


For further media information please contact Jane Wyles: The Press Office: 01636 817243 email or 01636 817218

Notes to editors:
The Woodland Trust is running a scheme to commemorate the WW1 centenary, providing free tree packs to schools, churches and communities over the next four years, to mark the four years of war from 1914-1918.

The Forest School is an innovative educational approach to outdoor play and learning. The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences. See

Jane Wyles
Media Officer
Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham
The Church of England across Nottinghamshire
Jubilee House, Westgate
NG25 0JH
Tel: 01636 817243