Counting Trees 2021

12th December 2021 – The Leipzig Plantation, Devizes

2024 update: A number of the trees from our 2021 Counting Trees project have sadly died. We are in the process of acquiring new saplings to be replanted at the Leipzig Plantation in autumn to replace them. To give them the best chance of growing, they’re being looked after by the Hillworth Park team until we can plant them.

Please note: we will not be planting any new trees, only replacing those that have died. When we replace them, we’ll kindly remind everybody to look after the trees they have dedicated, as we unfortunately do not have capacity to provide general maintenance and upkeep. For advice on caring for your tree, check out the Woodland Trust website.

In 2019 DOCA, along with many of our sector colleagues, signed up to the Culture Declares Climate Emergency initiative. DOCA is committed to acting and making positive changes in as many aspects of its work as possible towards this goal and to offsetting our carbon footprint.

Working with Devizes Town Council and with thanks to the Woodland Trust, we planted a parcel of land at the Leipzig Plantation to create a small ‘Festival Woodland’ for people to enjoy long into the future. The first 31 trees were planted early in 2020 just before the national lockdown bringing an unplanned poignancy and relevance to the work. Now established and thriving, the glade created has seen much community interest and comment. All 31 trees have been dedicated by and to someone, and subsequently each tree benefits from a personal investment in what we hope to achieve collectively.

In December 2021, we took ownership of another 80 saplings, a mix designed to generate wildlife by establishing food and shelter sources. The mix includes hawthorn, rowan, blackthorn, silver birch, hazel and common oak. Our glade became a woodland.

Our Tree Planting took place on December 12th 11 – 2pm. We welcomed visitors to the town and locals alike to the second ‘Counting Trees Gathering’ to help plant out the new consignment of the 80 saplings. Up next to Devizes White Horse on the Leipzig Plantation with spectacular views across the county, lies a special place to take time out in the fresh air and enjoy the simpler side to life. We invited people to adopt a tree, for which they received a certificate, dedicated identification tag and the opportunity to add a plaque for a personal message or dedication – a perfect gift for the future.

Find out more about the trees that were planted 


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