Woodgreen Riparian Woodland Project
The Woodgreen Riparian Woodland project formed a sub-project of our Growing for Garnock Project. This project saw the planting of 1500 native trees including Eadha's aspen trees and native willows as well as a range of other native trees and shrubs such as oak, birch, gorse, and guelder rose. The trees were funded by Trees for Cities. The planting took place within a newly fenced riparian strip which provided a 1.5 hectare enclosure along the east bank of the River Garnock, north of Kilwinning.
Riparian woodland is very important for healthy aquatic ecosystems. The trees stablise the banks preventing erosion and siltation of river, provide dappled shade to help cool water and host invertebrate life which falls into the river to provide food for fish and other river creature. More information on the benefits of trees to rivers can be found here.
The trees were planted by volunteers and will be managed by Eadha in collaboration with the local angling club.
Photo album here
Some Quotes from participants:
I have had another positive experience volunteering with Eadha planting trees in the Woodgreen area Kilwinning. The sessions were managed by Peter in his usual helpful manner, providing good information and demonstration as necessary. There was a beautiful, mild January day to get us started, following weeks had more seasonal weather but it was motivating to be completing what had begun. We were given an insight into the choice of species, to suit the riverside and general area. It was great to see the green tubes scattered all over after our last morning !”
My husband and I really enjoyed helping out with tree planting at Woodgreen. I regularly go to Eadha's tree planting sessions at a local site in my village of Bishopton, but it was nice to venture a bit further afield and explore a different area that we otherwise probably would never have been to. It was also interesting to plant at a different kind of site, with Woodgreen being a riparian woodland, and learn about the suitability of different trees for different areas."
'Because of my concerns about climate change and the decline in biodiversity, I try to get involved in tree planting whenever possible. The project at Woodgreen provided me with a great opportunity to plant native trees in a beautiful riverbank site near to where I live.'
This was the first time I was able to get involved with a project like this and I really enjoyed being able to get hands on with environmental work. As I am from Kilwinning anyway, it was nice to be able to give back and help the local area. I will definitely be looking out for similar opportunities."
John Muir said that ‘we all travel the Milky Way together, trees and men.’It has been good to plant some native fellow travellers at Woodgreen and I look forward to seeing their progress over the years. Glad we battled out the weather on Thursday and got to plant in the sunshine."