Further chance to help with woodland’s restoration

The Rise of Northwood. The National Trust Slindon Estate team in West Sussex are working to return 75 hectares of farmland to woodland. This weekend (29th and 30th of November 2014) volunteers, ranagers and local families started planting the first trees. In Pic: Left to Right - Mel Sandalls, Liam Sandalls aged 6 and Hazel Sandalls plant a tree. SUS-150113-094613001
The Rise of Northwood. The National Trust Slindon Estate team in West Sussex are working to return 75 hectares of farmland to woodland. This weekend (29th and 30th of November 2014) volunteers, ranagers and local families started planting the first trees. In Pic: Left to Right - Mel Sandalls, Liam Sandalls aged 6 and Hazel Sandalls plant a tree. SUS-150113-094613001

VOLUNTEERS have another chance this weekend to take part in the National Trust’s biggest ever woodland restoration.

A ten-year project, the Rise of Northwood, involves 185 acres (75 hectares) of fields being replanted with trees, returning the landscape to its appearance before the First World War, during which much of the area was stripped of timber for use by the Allies.

Project Ranger Hannah Woodhouse said: “Over the next three months we have the 
task of planting 13,000 native trees in Northwood, such as beech, oak and hazel, so we need as many willing volunteers to help achieve this goal as possible.”

Volunteers will also be able to meet sculptor Jon Edgar and make a mark in the Slindon Sculpture, which will eventually become a permanent feature at Northwood before it begins its tour around Slindon Estate where Jon will continue to develop the artwork.

The 2.5-tonne Portland stone will commemorate The Rise of Northwood and the history of the land – when the stone is complete, it will return to Northwood permanently.

Tree planters can tuck into a free lunchtime BBQ and other refreshments during the day. There will also be a toilet on site.

For anybody who would like to book the free event, on Sunday, from 10am to 3pm, email riseofnorthwood@nationaltrust.org.uk or call 01243 814730.