Over the last two winters PeCAN has distributed 380 fruit trees for gardens around Petersfield. With your help, this year we aim to plant 400 new trees across East Hampshire! Working in partnership with ACAN, LipCAN, and residents in Rowlands Castle, there will be three new pick-up points, so that the whole district can benefit from these subsided trees.
You will be able to choose to collect your tree from Petersfield, Alton, Liphook or Rowlands Castle on the morning of 17th December.
Fruit trees offer blossom in spring, a fantastic resource for wildlife and pollinators all year round, carbon dioxide sequestration, and even fruit to eat. What’s more, a fruit tree makes a wonderful Christmas present!
Types of trees available include apple, pear, plum, cherry and ornamental cherry and they are sourced from local nursery Blackmoor Fruit Farm. The trees are two years old and approximately 1.5 metres tall, growing to 2-2.5 metres when mature. They would usually cost over £30 plus delivery but subsidised through a grant from EHDC, PeCAN is offering them for only £15, with a stake and instructions on how to plant. You will be offered information and directed to a website to help you plant and care for your tree.
In England alone, the total area of gardens is 459% larger than the total area of the National Nature Reserves, so the potential significance of gardens as a resource for wildlife is clear.
Trees are a beneficial addition to most gardens, but in residential areas they are very important, helping with climate regulation and air filtration, and providing valuable habitats for wildlife. Trees, shrubs and hedges offer nesting places and materials, food sources and cover for a great variety of creatures. With almost half of Britain’s ancient woodland having been destroyed in the last 50 years, the need for these habitats is greater than ever, and you can help by planting a tree in your garden.
Reserve your apple, pear, plum, cherry, or ornamental cherry tree NOW and collect before Christmas. Please only order if you are available to collect your tree on the morning of 17th December.