The Grant Award
Tree Nursery - Before
Tree Nursery - Now
Tree Nursery - Now

Thames Chase Community Forest Tree Nursery

We plan to re-new and re-invigorate the Thames Chase Tree Nursery using funds voted for by you, our local community.

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative across hundreds of regions in England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each region awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge. 

We recieved the full grant of £12,000.

Thames Chase intend to renovate and equip a complete, working Tree Nursery at our Broadfields Farm site near Upminster, with most of the work being carried out by our team of Conservation Volunteers. This will include a potting shed and an array of raised beds within an area protected from the local rabbits and muntjac deer.  As well as proving an economic and practical way of extending and replenishing the Community Forest the Nursery will also be at the centre of introducing local children and their families to the art and science of rearing young trees.

Once fully established the Nursery will be self-sustaining with any funds from the sale of native tree saplings to local groups and gardeners re-invested into the Community Forest. 

The aim of the project:

The Nursery will become incorporated into the Thames Chase Environmental Education programme as an educational resource for students, volunteers, schools, after school groups and playschemes, but with these groups also contributing in some way to its management.  The primary focus will be tree production for projects and sales to the local community.

We would like to thank Tesco and Groundworks for their support and choosing us to help recreate our tree nursery.

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