A great day was had at Whitwell & Reepham Friday 21 February, when families and volunteers planted 108 hedge plants, including native favorites like snowberry, wild rose and holly, as well as fruit trees.
Local residents and volunteers from Mid Norfolk TCV wrapped up warm to attend the event at the Station's Platform Two. The hedging was planted to promote greater biodiversity at the location and replace the trees that had been on the bankside running adjacent to the historic M&GN Railway station, which were lost owing to unstable roots and Ash dieback disease.
The first stage of these enhancement works involved managing the trees along the stretch of the route from Taverham Road to Pendlesham Rise. The tree work along the route was being carried out for the following reasons:
To improve the diversity and health of the tree stock through coppicing, thinning and replanting.
To improve light and air levels to the surface of the Marriott’s Way which is often wet and muddy in places.
To remove Ash trees with over 50% crown loss due to Chalara Ash dieback disease.
To carry out pro-active Health & Safety works.
To prepare the route for re-surfacing by removing overhanging and encroaching trees.
Where track closures are necessary re-routed maps will be displayed to identify suitable and safe diversions for Marriott's Way users.
We thank you all for your understanding and patience during these essential access improvement and enhancement works along our route.
Our spring events are now live. We have a number of monthly walks taking place in the coming months. Available to book now, visit our Events Page to find out more.