Location: Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Use of land: Leasowe Farm is a 130 acre family run organic farm with various enterprises going on. They are currently looking to change the land from being a mixture of grassland and new woodland to predominantly woodland cover.
First planted: December 2021
Species of trees: Oak, Silver Birch, Rowan, Walnut, Crab apple, Hawthorn, Hazel, Blackthorn, Holly, Bird Cherry, Sweet Chestnut, Field Maple.
About the project: The vast majority of the work for the Children’s Forest has been implemented by ARC (Achieving Results in the Community) – a local organisation that delivers projects that support people to access and engage with nature. Along with ARC and some other local people, a steering group was formed to work together on both the Children’s Forest and another areas of woodland planting on the farm. A friend first introduced Children’s Forest to the landowners, who are often really keen to include the local community in different projects happening on the farm. With the leadership and project coordination of ARC, this seemed like a really great opportunity for young children and families in their local area.
From the Landowner: “It is wonderful for us, as the landowners, to walk through the Children’s Forest every day and know all the effort, energy and love that has been poured into its creation. We have both attended planting days where we’ve blessed the newly planted trees and seen and heard first hand the amazing positive impact the time spent here on the farm has had on so many of the local children involved. We’ve also attended and run volunteer days ourselves and it’s been wonderful seeing the growing community of people involved in the creation of this beautiful new forest. We are so heartened to know people will return to the farm over the years to continue nurturing the trees, watch them grow and be a part of the evolution of the Children’s Forest. Thank you to everyone involved in Children’s Forest – what a gift.” ~ Caz Ingall
Caz and Tom Ingall (Landowners/Guardians):
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