Volunteers restoring Jonesborough forest

Around 20 – 30 years ago the Jonesborough community planted up an area of land behind the Pastoral centre with a range of deciduous trees.   Over time the area developed into a lovely forest with lovely stone lined paths and picnic benches.   The local primary school also put in a pond.

Since then the forest became overgrown and over run with invasive species such as Gorse and Cherry Laurel.  The paths disappeared under a mat of brambles and ivy and the pond floundered under a dense beech tree canopy.

At least that was the case until the winter of 2014/2015 when volunteers started to reclaim and restore the forest, by removing the invasive plants, reopening paths and caring for the trees.  Work has progressed steadily over the years and in the winter of 2016/2017 Challenge Fund money was secured to properly fix the paths by mechanically clearing them and putting down new stones.  The forest has now be officially reopened.

You can follow the ongoing improvements of the forest here.

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