Eden community tree nursery: Good things come in trees

Part of project: Community

Thanks to National Lottery Players and Eden District Council, in October 2022 Eden Rivers Trust took control of a plot of land on an allotment in Penrith. The dream? To create a community tree nursery that would open a doorway to conservation; a place accessible to all, where local people, volunteers and community groups could learn about trees and the river and work together; growing and nurturing locally-sourced seeds.

The resulting native saplings will be planted on river conservation sites throughout the Eden catchment; creating food and homes for wildlife; helping manage the flow of water over land and storing carbon.

Follow our progress with Jenni (Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator) and the volunteers and community groups who are embarking on this adventure with us.

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Thanks to the hard work and unwavering support of our volunteers, allotment 99 has been transformed from an unloved patch of land into a thriving, bustling community tree nursery! The wheelchair-friendly path has been laid (and tested!), new drainage and a pond dug, a wet-weather shelter/bag store built, beautiful willow fence created … oh, and some trees are now growing too!

We’ve welcomed community and youth groups to the tree nursery to introduce them to the joys of tree-growing, nature and rivers.

We’re delighted that the Garfield Weston Foundation and Penrith Town Council have recently come on board to help support the tree nursery in 2024 and beyond and we’re busy cultivating plans for next year to implement and promote sustainable water use on the site and run a programme of learning experiences all around ‘Year of the Tree’.

2023 photo album

2022 photo album

This project is supported by the Access to Eden: breaking barriers, building bridges partnership project led by Eden Rivers Trust with a grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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