In January this year the Trees Committee of the Friends of Lewes planted over 200 whips (small trees) in the grounds of Lewes Cemetery to make two wildlife hedges along the bottom wall and fence near to the Winterbourne. The trees include Alder, Blackthorn, Alder Buckthorn, Guelder Rose, Hawthorn, Hazel, Hornbeam, Dog Rose, Rowan, Spindle, Willow and Field Maple.
Together with the 27 trees that we planted there in November 2020, and the Elm which we planted earlier in January this year, they will help to make sure that there is a long flowering season for the many pollinators recorded at the Cemetery.
The work was completed over three mornings by small family pairs of volunteers as part of the Lewes District Council and Lewes Urban Arboretum project to further increase the biodiversity of this important Local Wildlife Site. Our plans to involve more volunteers had to be changed because of the current Covid-safety regulations but the whips needed to be planted as soon as possible before they came out of their Winter dormancy.
We had intended to pay for the hedge whips ourselves, but thanks to collaboration with Chris Bibb of Lewes District Council, and Jan Knowlson of the South Downs National Park, it has been fully funded by a successful application for a “Beelines” grant from South Downs National Park Trust.