Tree focus for art exhibition

YOUNGSTERS and adults showed their love of trees and the landscape where they live in a special art exhibition.The event at Kirton Church Hall was organised by the Three Village Woodland Group, which is campaigning to set up a new community woodland on the Felixstowe peninsula.

YOUNGSTERS and adults showed their love of trees and the landscape where they live in a special art exhibition.

The event at Kirton Church Hall was organised by the Three Village Woodland Group, which is campaigning to set up a new community woodland on the Felixstowe peninsula.

Children from toddlers to teenagers, plus adults, were invited to take part in competitions to create a picture of a scene in Falkenham, Kirton or Trimley St. Martin, featuring trees native to the British Isles.

The dozens of entries were all put on display at the hall for the public to see as part of an afternoon to learn more about the woodland project.

Chairman Stephen Harvey the group was launched last year and is looking for a suitable site in the area around Kirton, Falkenham and Trimley St Martin to create a new community wood accessible to all.

The aim was to buy land for the project and fundraising is taking place.

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Growing of the trees is already taking place at Trimley St Martin Primary School, with youngsters tending saplings planted in autumn last year and having just planted the seed for the next batch of oaks.

“This is a long term project to be handed on to future generations so the involvement of our children is crucial,” said Mr Harvey.

“There are so many reasons why creating a new woodland is such an intrinsically good idea.

“It will be used for leisure and recreation, as an education resource, will have great value for the landscape, and of course, the human race depends on trees, and it will be wonderful to pass it on to our children.

“Our only problem at the moment is persuading a farmer to part with a couple of acres but we will keep trying.”

The group has teamed up with the Green Light Trust which has helped established 34 community woodlands in East Anglia in the last 15 years.

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