We’re delighted to announce that we have been involved in planting which will have a beneficial effect on the Island’s bird population in years to come.
Conrad Evan’s our Arboricultural Officer had explained:
“To provide as much as possible in the way of nectar, fruit and habitat to the north coast birds & mammals 1,200 trees & shrubs are scheduled to be planted at Mourier Valley, St Mary. The long-term objective is to enhance the valuable planting & breeding work being carried out for the Birds on the Edge project.”
In the end the following planting had been carried out: 350 common oak, 85 sweet chestnut, 100 wild cherry, 25 Scots pine, 25 crab apple, 25 rowan totalling 775. Understory plants, planted on the exposed edges and in and amongst the trees will create a protective thicket and allow the trees some shelter. Species included 225 hawthorn, 100 hazel, 25 elder, 50 dog rose, 25 common sallow totalling 425.
Due to sweet chestnut being susceptible to a disease, Phytophthora ramorum, which is responsible for the Sudden Oak Death in the British Isles & most of Europe, the movement & import / export of sweet chestnut has been stopped in Britain & France. It was therefore not possible to source any from outside of the Island. However, not all is lost as JTFL is having a number of sweet chestnut trees grown from locally collected seed by the Prison at La Moye. These will be ready for planting next winter and this timely intervention will allow us to complete the project. This all goes to show how easily plant diseases and pests can be brought into Jersey and how locally produced trees would go a long way to help keep our Island free of unwanted pathogens.