A hedgerow of native trees and shrubs planted at Cranshaws is the first step in a programme of woodland planting along the Southern Upland Way.
Local residents, young, old and everyone inbetween started the ball rolling after Cranshaws, Ellemford and Longformacus Community Council successfully applied for a Woodland Trust ‘Plant the Future’ community tree pack to enhance their village and the inter-linking routeways. The scheme is part of Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the aim being to plan six million trees across the country. That aim was achieved when project patron HRH The Princess Royal planted the six millionth tree with Prime Minister David Cameron. Over 5,000 hectares have been planted with trees by communities, schools, landowners and businesses.
The Doyle family, mum Honour and daughters Yasmin (11) and India (7), helped plant the native species at Cranshaws - rowan, hazel, crab apple and oak are mixed with shrubbery blackthorn, hawthorn and dog rose - which all give blossom and fruit and should be well established hedgerows and woodland in ten years time.