ANCIENT oaks have had a helping hand from a party of American volunteers.
The 35 volunteers were led by Hampton Ray, a 14-year-old Scout from RAF Lakenheath who must lead a service project to gain Eagle Scout status.
The oaks at Forest Heath District Council’s Aspal Close nature reserve are at least 800 years old and needed ‘halos’ around them cleared of woody plants, like elder, sycamore and gorse, which would compete with them for nutrients.
The council’s countryside and open spaces officer Matt Vernon said: “It was a big success. We got everything achieved that I wanted achieved – and more.”
But not everything was removed. Young oaks found during the work will be nurtured so when the old trees are eventually die, another generation will be growing on the site for another 800 years.