20th Feb 06
Bringing the Environment Closer to Home
Tongham Wood Improvement Group is calling on everyone to lend a hand to improve their local environment. It wants to prise people free of their armchairs and get them involved in their local community by helping on a green project.

The Tongham Wood Improvement Group will be planting 15 cherry trees in Tongham Community Wood on Sunday 26th February as part of the ongoing regeneration of the woodland. The trees will provide a welcoming entrance into the wood with beautiful cherry blossom in Spring, and cherries are amongst the earliest fruit to ripen, therefore sought after by many species of birds such as bullfinches. Meet the group from 10.00am onwards at the Moors entrance.

This activity is part of a six-month campaign called Environment Agency Action Earth, supported by the Environment Agency. The campaign is organised by the national charity Community Service Volunteers (CSV) and involves over 750 voluntary organisations, businesses and community groups that will be undertaking projects that are of immediate and lasting benefit to the environment.

Jane McCarty, who is co-ordinating the project, wants to see as many people as possible come along to help on the day.
“Helping out on an environmental project is a great way to learn new skills and at the same time do something really worthwhile. We are hoping to see a big turn out on the day.”
If you fancy learning new skills, improving your local environment and having fun at the same time, e-mail twig@tonghamwood.org.uk or call 01252 656584 and visit www.tonghamwood.org.uk .

If you would like to register your own project or think you can come up with a good project idea, then please take part in the campaign. Call the Environment Agency Action Earth hotline on 0121 328 7455.


• Tongham Wood Improvement Group (TWIG) was formed in July 2004 and is a local voluntary group set up to promote and manage Tongham Community Wood. Working under the guidance of the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership, TWIG has gradually been improving the area for the enjoyment and well being of the whole community, and also to protect the area from further development for the benefit of the local community. Visit www.tonghamwood.org.uk
• Tongham Community Wood is semi-natural woodland, with old oak stands and coppice stools, and is ideal for dog walkers and children.
• Environment Agency Action Earth is organised by CSV Environment, St Peter’s College, College Rd, Saltley, Birmingham, B8 3TE. 0121 328 7455.
• Action Earth is supported by the Environment Agency
• CSV (Community Service Volunteers) is the UK’s leading volunteer organisation and creates opportunities for people to play an active part in the life of their community through volunteering, training and community action. www.csv.org.uk
• The Environment Agency is the leading public body for protecting and improving the environment in England and Wales. Their job is to make sure that air, land and water are looked after by everyone in today’s society so that tomorrow’s generations inherit a cleaner, healthier world. www.environment-agency.gov.uk
• For a list of current projects UK wide visit our website: www.actionearth.org.uk

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