The winter months from November to March are the best time to plant bare-root trees as the soil is generally moist. This gives them time for their roots to take hold and establish themselves before they grow in the spring.
290 trees, including some rare native black poplars, are being planted in various locations along the River Waveney, downstream of Diss and along the River Dove.
The black poplar is one of the rarest trees in the UK, it is believed that there are fewer than 8,000 in the UK, with about 430 in Suffolk. The rare tree has a high wildlife value, especially for insects, it also offers nesting places for owls and sleeping places for bats.
So far, the Environmental Protection Agency has planted 634 trees in Suffolk in 2021. 349 of these trees were planted along the River Gipping, 254 in and around Stowmarket and Needham Market and 95 in Ipswich. 200 trees were planted with the Suffolk Wildlife Trust next to the Walpole River at Ubbeston.
Tree planting with River Waveney Trust.
By March 2022, the River Waveney Trust and the Essex and Suffolk Rivers Trust are expected to plant over 500 trees. 343 trees are planted along the Alde, Deben and Earl Soham streams.
Naomi Boyle, Catchment Coordinator for Suffolk said:
It has been a pleasure to work with landowners and partners to plant trees along our Suffolk rivers.
These plantings will help our rivers adapt to climate change. Over time, not only will they provide shade to keep fish and invertebrate populations cool, but the tree roots will also help stabilize the river banks.
This means that fewer sediments get into the water, which helps improve the water quality.
1,151 trees were planted in Suffolk from March 2021 to March 2022.
Black poplars can grow up to 30 meters long and can be recognized by their crooked trunks. It is connected to wet meadows, river valleys, streams, ditches and ponds. In order for the tree to regenerate naturally, male and female trees must grow fairly close together, and fertilized seeds must fall on bare mud or silt, which must remain moist until autumn for the seedling to establish itself. This habitat has become very rare because floodplain areas were drained for agriculture or development, and so the tree is now usually regenerated from cuttings.
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