Aspen Tree Planting Success
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Plenty of volunteers turned out to help the FCCT, in partnership with Fife Council, to help plant over 120 aspen saplings.
Gathering at Harran Hill wood the crew worked through sun, wind and rain to get the young trees (Scotland's only native poplar) in the ground and protected from deer who would target them first for their food.
The simple procedure involved digging a hole for the sapling, planting the tree in it so it was level with the ground, filling earth in around it, placing a biodegradable mat around it so weeds don't spring up beside it, placing a tube around it that protects the vulnerable plant from wind and deer, and securing it to a stake facing west to protect it from the wind.
Despite an occasional light mist the day was unusually mild and everyone had good fun, a delicious lunch courtesy of ranger Dallas' bonfire skills, and a satisfyingly productive day.