Helpers make sure ‘£35m trees’ stay healthy

Volunteers gathering to start work on preservation of trees in the Aspal Close nature reserve in Beck Row.
Volunteers gathering to start work on preservation of trees in the Aspal Close nature reserve in Beck Row.
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A GANG of green-fingered volunteers have helped to make Mildenhall a greener place to live in after a tree-planting bonanza.

The volunteers turned out at Aspal Close Nature Reserve on Saturday to plant trees and help preserve site for years to come.

David Bowman, Forest Heath District Council’s representative on the Aspal Close working group, said: “Aspal Close Local Nature Reserve is a wonderful asset for the community and the environment and it’s vital that we protect its unique combination of flora and fauna.”

The reserve is home to around 200 veteran oak trees, many of which would be up to 1,000 years old. Using the Capital Asset Value for Amenity Trees – a system which places a monetary value on amenity trees – the Aspal Close oaks have been given a value of £35 million to the community.