Yesterday we held our spring volunteer day, mulching all the little saplings – both those planted in memory of a loved one, and those planted as part of the nature reserve. Around 30 lovely people came, full of energy and enthusiasm, with wheelbarrows and buckets, and around 700 little trees were mulched.
With climate change, while we may grumble at snow and grey skies, actual rainfall has decreased over the last ten years. Indeed, for the first time at Sun Rising, last summer some of the youngest trees suffered from drought. The mulch of composted bark will help retain moisture in the soil, while also suppressing some of the grasses and other plants around the base of the trees. It looks very smart for a while too, especially with the spring flowers coming through – the wild daffodils, primroses and cowslips, and the first lesser celandine.
A big thank you to everyone who came along, and to all who contributed to the refreshments table too. As one of the volunteers said, the whole place looks very ‘smart and loved’. It is loved – very much indeed!