Tree planting for our feathered friends

Eyemouth youngsters planting rowans, down birch and other trees on a quarter or an acre site.
Eyemouth youngsters planting rowans, down birch and other trees on a quarter or an acre site.

A quarter of an acre of land at the Memorial Walk in Eyemouth has been planted with trees that will provide wild birds with plenty to eat.

The planting of rowans, down birch and other trees provided by the Woodland Trust, was done by the town’s enhancement group, with assistance from Connect Berwickshire Youth Project staff and youngsters, plus Eyemouth Primary School and Eyemouth High School pupils.

“Wild migrating birds will in years to come benefit from this planting as well as local native species of bird and insect,” said James Anderson, who leads the enhancement group.

“We are already planning, as volunteers, for future projects, all working together for the better of Eyemouth and the people in it.

“The children had a great time and were very hard working! I gave a short tutorial on how to plant the trees and sleeve them properly and it was wonderful to see the kids listen to the instructions then put it into action!

“In total 60 trees were planted with everyone working well together.

“So a big thanks to everyone for coming along and being involved!”

The Enhancement Group started off as a sub group of Eyemouth Town Community Council, its aim being to enhance the look of the town through planting up seasonal flowers, looking after the rose beds and other planted areas and it has quickly gained momentum.

Eyemouth residents have taken the idea to heart and from primary school age to pensioners they have worked on areas throughout the town tidying, planting, repairing, revamping play areas and generally making a difference that everyone can enjoy.

Their efforts are paying off and at this year Scottish Borders Council Floral Gateway Awards Eyemouth received a welcome award and a clean and tidy award.