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Tree-mendous effort by Cotswold Canal Trust volunteers

Volunteers from the Cotswold Canals Trust donned their wellies and high-vis vests to aid an environmental scheme run by Gloucester City Council.

Last week, the council started planting an arboretum at the old boating lake in Westgate Park under the guidance of tree officer Justin Hobbs.

Cotswold Canals Trust volunteers helped provide some logistical assistance, as well as muscle, to help the process get underway.

The volunteers helped to transport the specimen trees and planting tools from the nursery to the site and then helped with the planting process.

Di Edwards, one of the volunteers said "The morning was very enjoyable, Justin asked us to help plant trees all over the green next to the boating lake.

"We learned how to plant trees properly, it was absolutely freezing, but it looks amazing now, it was a really good fun"

Alongside the canal restoration, the Trust are committed to supporting local schemes that support biodiversity.

The arboretum has been planned to replace the trees lost through Ash die-back disease.

Cotswold Canals Trust make good use of fallen and felled trees and through its logging service raises more than £12,000 each year.

These vital funds to pay for volunteer activities along the Stroudwater Navigation and the Thames and Severn Canal.

The Charity work throughout the community to improve local assets and local environments beyond the canal.

CCT volunteers don't just restore canals, they get involved throughout the county, spending two days a week on various tasks.

Volunteer crews work out of the Trust's Eastington base on Mondays and Wednesdays each week. For more information visit the Trust's website.

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