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Date: 08/02/2018

ONE OF the UK’s leading nurseries was selected to provide trees to help secure the future of a woodland on the Malvern Hills in Herefordshire cared for by the Malvern Hills Trust.

Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford supplied the charity with 30 trees to plant in Thirds Wood, a small 15-acre parcel of woodland located on the western side of the Malvern Hills in between Pinnacle and Perseverance Hills. 
Jules Griffiths, Transplants Division Sales Administrator at Wyevale Nurseries, said: “We have been supplying trees to the Malvern Hills Trust on and off since 2009 and are delighted they came to us to help with this conservation project. We provided 20 conifers - Picea abies and Pinus sylvestris and 10 Hornbeam - Carpinus betulus plus stakes and shelters.”
Thirds Wood was first planted around 1860 as a commemorative planting for Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. Although originally planted with just conifers – dominantly European Larch with a small number of Scots Pine and Norway Spruce, it is now a mature, mixed wood as many deciduous broadleaf trees have grown up including Beech, Sycamore, Hornbeam, Holly and Ash.
Jonathan Bills, Conservation Manager at the Malvern Hills Trust, said: “Local residents, including county botanist Peter Garner, Colwall Parish Councillor, Gwyneth Rees and her husband Derek, and the Deputy Chair of Malvern Hills Trust, Sarah Rouse, all gathered at Thirds Wood on Friday, January 19 to plant the saplings. They will provide new growth and help to ensure the future of the woodland.”