Final preparations for planting are underway on most sites with spot spraying of the grass sward, clearance of woody plants, and a general tidy up of rank grass where necessary, all in the interests of making planting on the day as easy as possible.
On many sites we had planned to pre-dig planting holes for our volunteers, but we have changed our minds. Half the fun of a planting day is ‘mucking in’ and wielding those spades – not to mention providing our volunteers with the added benefit of a good physical workout!
The team is grappling with such momentous decisions as where to put the portaloos, where to park 200 cars, how to make sure we get all our spades back, the detail which makes the difference between a good and a great planting event. With 17 sites all very different in geography, access, soil, and existing vegetation, one size fits all just doesn’t work, and for some sites we will be on our 3rd or 4th visit before all the components are nailed down.
On the ground work is on target, and for most sites 5000 plants will be waiting for you on the big day.