Dig history? Do your bit to restore old woodland

Head gardener Barry Smith at Stowe
Head gardener Barry Smith at Stowe
  • Woodland area at National Trust Gardens had been lost oer time
  • 400 trees have been planted so far in restoration project
  • Visitors can pay to plant their own tree

Plant a tree and help restore a historic woodland.

Over the last two months the team and visitors at the National Trust gardens at Stowe have been planting 400 trees in a woodland area of the gardens by the Gothic Temple.

Originally known as the Wick Quarter, it was designed by royal gardener Charles Bridgeman, but had been lost over time.

The new trees will help establish the missing woodland, consisting of a native mix of oak, beech and sweet chestnut.

Head gardener Barry Smith said: “By planting a tree, you are instrumental in recreating one of Europe’s finest ever creations.

“The restoration work aims to return Stowe to its former glory, renowned worldwide for its magnificence and splendour. “It’s an opportunity to return in the future and see the woodland develop whilst supporting our conservation and charity work to keep special places like Stowe alive for all to enjoy now and in the future.”

There’s a chance for visitors to plant a tree on Saturday, March 21.

All the necessary tools will be ready for you to use, with expert advice to give your tree the best start and leave your mark on the gardens’ restoration.

Trees cost £20 each to plant and opportunities are also available on weekdays.

To book a place to take part, call the visitor welcome team on 01280 825009.

See www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stowe