Volunteers from Carillion PLC have donated their time to ensure the continuing health of nationally important veteran oak trees in Beck Row. The trees are between 400 and 800 years old.
Volunteers have donated their time to ensure the continuing health of nationally important veteran oak trees at a Beck Row nature reserve.
The 200 ancient pollard oaks at Aspal Close Nature Reserve are aged between 400 and 800 years old.
The trees are unusual for both their number and for being situated on a Breckland site.
Last week volunteers from Carillion PLC gave their time to help haloing and coralling the trees under the guidance of Matt Vernon, Forest Heath District Council’s countryside officer.
Mr Vernon said the works were important to ensure the ancient trees receive the light, water and nutrients the require.
Breckland sites such as Aspal Close Nature Reseve cover only 0.4 per cent of Britain but supports 28 per cent of Britain’s rarest wildlife.
Paul Holroyd of Carillion, who organised the project with Matt Vernon, said: “At Carillion, we are committed to ‘Making Tomorrow a Better Place’. Helping look after these magnificent trees through volunteering fits perfectly within our corporate culture.
“With ancient trees living for several centuries, we know we will be helping make tomorrow a better place for local residents and wildlife alike on this important site.”
Haloing oak trees involves removing the area underneath the tree to the edge of the crown which reduces competition for water, light and nutrients.
Coralling the trees involves takes stacking the natural material gathered around at the edge of the tree’s crown.
This is done because it is the point where the roots are finest.
Coralling protects the roots before rotting down to provide extra nutrients.