Devon Wildlife Trust volunteers have been delighted with the success of a rainwater harvesting system installed at the Saving Devon’s Treescapes community tree nursery at Meeth Quarry, following support from a £4,000 grant through South West Water’s Water Saving Community Fund. The grant will also pay for an interpretation panel at the nursery entrance explaining the new system and why it’s vital for everyone to be more efficient with water use at home and work.
The tree nursery is a key part of the DWT-led Saving Devon Treescapes project. The Treescapes team works with communities across the county to plant native broadleaf trees to help reverse severe recent losses to the deadly tree-disease, Ash Dieback, with the majority of this work supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Trees are grown from seed, nurtured to one-year-old saplings – known as ‘whips’ – then given away for individuals, community groups, schools and businesses to plant in gardens, farmland, parks and other green spaces. Volunteers collect seeds from a wide range of trees, sourced all over the county, from DWT nature reserves and other sites, and from both woods and hedges.