Extending Tilebarn Wood into Henley
It has always been part of Henley in Transitions idea
for a new Henley forest (started with one acre thanks to Henley
Town Council and over 340 trees at Tilebarn Wood) that more
trees, hedges, bushes and wild flowers need to be planted
throughout the town, to help improve the quality of our environment,
and to combat the growing air pollution, by making good the
gradual loss of trees in the town.
Henleys tree population grew significantly in and around
the town between 150 and 100 years ago, during the building
of Henleys estates and large houses. Over the last hundred
years the tree population has suffered more losses in numbers
than gains. Apart from trees being felled because they have
overgrown the size of the available space, or become too old,
creeping backland development the practice of knocking
down one old house and replacing it with two or more new smaller
houses with smaller gardens - has resulted in the felling
of many, often large, trees. Most of these have not been replaced.
Fruit trees offer
We believe that there are myriad opportunities for tree planting
in road verges, odd corners, and particularly on treeless
streets. Henley in Transition has launched a project designed
to encourage fellow home owners in the town to consider making
your own garden and open spaces greener wherever possible.
Henley in Transition is offering householders the opportunity
to buy fruit trees for your front and/or back garden, with
free advice on how to plant them and, most importantly, how
to manage them over time. They need little work and only a
little knowledge. The reward will be there for you and your
grandchildren to see! The young trees will cost £15
each for a 4 to 5 foot high plant (1.25m to 1.5m), and you
will be invited to join a small group for a demonstration
planting and advice on how to care for your new trees in their
early years when you place your order.
Why not get together with a group of your neighbours and see
how you could improve the view in your street by planting
trees in your front gardens? A line of trees in front gardens
- along a road or around a cul- de-sac for example- would
be very attractive and spectacular when the blossoms are out.