Volunteers plant hundreds of trees in Hillfields Park

December 29 2021
Volunteers plant hundreds of trees in Hillfields Park

VOLUNTEERS rolled up their sleeves and pulled on their boots to plant hundreds of trees in Hillfields Park.

A big planting session organised by Hillfields Community Garden on December 8 saw an orchard of 18 fruit trees, 300 other trees and 200 bulbs and planted by a team of 30 volunteers.

The project was organised with the city council's One Tree Per Child scheme.

Local volunteers were joined by staff from Abbots Leigh-based company Coronation Wealth Management who gave up their time to help.

Hillfields Community Garden co-founder Becca Mills said: "We had an amazing day planting trees - it was a fantastic community event, which will have a huge impact on our park.

"We can't wait to see the trees grow and eventually bear fruit!

"This was our last volunteer event at the park for the year. Thank you to everyone in the community who has come along to or helped at our events.

"It has been an amazing year, everyone has worked so hard to grow and expand the project.

"We are delighted at what we have achieved this year and we are bursting with plans for next spring!”

Hillfields Community Garden runs four regular groups, which are currently on a winter break: Gardening for Wellbeing, volunteer days, Wild Women and Mini Explorers.

In the last 12 months 21 groups and community events were attended by more than 400 people in the Community Garden. 

At the most recent Wild Women group, run by Nicky Sweetland, attendees got into the spirit of Yule by making beautiful wreaths from foraged evergreens.

The group is a mutual support group for women who are experiencing menopause or peri-menopause.

Sessions focus on sharing experiences and information, connecting with nature, gentle exercise, and creative/art projects.

For more information on the sessions email hillfieldswildwomen@gmail.com.

Groups are set to start up again in February, with more events in the pipeline for the spring and summer.

For more details visit the website hillfieldsgarden.fishpondsbristol.uk/ or the Hillfields Community Garden Facebook page.