The Great Juniper Plant Off!

As part of our Wonderful Woodland project volunteers have been out en-mass during National Tree Week planting Juniper trees on the stunning slopes of Great Langdale. 400 trees were planted on Side Pike with another 450 having gone in so far on Middle Fell (we’ve got another 250 to go – see volunteering section below if you’d like to help).

We were joined by staff and volunteers from the National Trust, Cumbria Wildlife Trust and the Lake District National Park. Radio 4’s ‘Farming Today’ also joined the throng to record a piece all about Juniper the challenges it faces (including disease and over grazing), the value of this distinctive Lake District habitat to wildlife and soil stabilisation, and the work that is going on to preserve it.

Ontop of all the wildlife and soil preservation benefits Juniper’s berries provide the taste of gin! Sunshine and volunteers provided the perfect opportunity for the National Trust to take marketing pics for their home-grown gin – a product supporting conservation and a perfect excuse to indulge in ice and a slice at Stickle Barn.  

Based on article written by Alison Ewin our volunteer Roving Reporter.

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