FIGHT to save the black poplar
tree from extinction has seen a mass
planting in Shipley.
than 1,300 of the rare
riverside trees were set in the ground on
Friday February 1 on a one hectare site at
Tenchford Bridge, previously used as a horse
involved in the project included Sussex
Wildlife Trust (SWT), West Sussex County
Council Low Weald and 'Gatwick 'Green Space.
Southgate, an officer with the Sussex
Otters and Rivers Project (SORP), led the
project. She said: "'The volunteers were
great - they worked hard to plant all the
area will be one of the first wet woodlands
with native poplars in Sussex. It includes
nearly 70 black poplar trees taken as
the only 33 remaining mature black poplars
in the county.
Sussex Black Poplar Group has been working
to save the black poplar for ten years.
recreating its traditional habitat, it is
hoped that these rare, trees
may be able to reproduce naturally
for the first time.
woodland is almost an extinct
habitat in Sussex."
Southgate added: "What we are trying to
encourage is more flooding in rural areas,
in appropriate areas, which would takeaway flooding
from urban areas.
lot of our
rivers are very over managed
and do not flood naturally.'
signs are showing that the woodland area is
doing what is
site flooded every time we tried
to plant trees," explained Miss
Southgate. "It is' brilliant because
what we wanted it to do - but obviously
we can't plapt trees when it is
woodlands are an almost extinct habitat type
in Sussex and
without intervention these trees are likely
to become extinct in the near
Burrell, the local ]landowner, is, actively
helping to restore wildlife to the whole of
floodplain woodland planting project
is just one of his initiatives.
estate is also working closely with local
organisations to restore more than two kilometers
of river to its natural state, as well as
more than 5OOO acres of land to more
natural, "wildlife management.
More Information on SORP visit the website www.sussexwt.org.uk