Waveny Road

Nearly 8000 trees were planted along the Holderness Drain in Hull, across four separate sites, during the 2021/22 planting season.

The Holderness Drain runs from the River Humber, through Hull, and finishes near Leven. One of the four sites planted beside the drain was along the back of Waveney Road, Hull, covering 0.73 hectares.

The site was brought forward by Hull City Council, in partnership with Humber Forest and delivery partner Plant-A-Tree-Today Foundation (PATT Foundation). The PATT Foundation work with armed forces veterans, helping improve mental wellbeing by connecting people socially, and with nature, which has proven physical and mental health benefits.

The aim of planting was to improve a local walkway along the bank. As the trees mature, they will provide shelter and shade against extreme weathers. It will also help keep the bank healthy as the tree roots improve the strength of the bank, reduce soil compaction, and in turn reduce localised flooding and soil runoff. The trees also provide foraging, shelter, and nesting opportunities for wildlife.

As standard practice, Humber Forest completed all the due checks and regulation processes to ensure that planting will not adversely affect the existing use, historical or ecological value of the site. This is aided by several partners and experts, including The Forestry Commission (the regulatory authority for forestry in England), local authorities, and expertise from local ecologists and archaeologists.

Due to its size, the site also needed to go through regulation process, and was submitted to the Forestry Commission’s Public Consultation Register. Proposed sites are placed on the register for 28 days to let members of the public examine the plans and respond with any concerns. Forestry Commission staff also conduct site visits and add any concerns or questions. With the planting being close to the drain, mitigation was put in place to keep planting at least 5 metres from the edge of the bank, or 9m from the centre of the drain. This is to keep the maintenance access to the drain.

To avoid plastic pollution, no tree guards were used, and the planting density was raised to account for any losses. Cell-grown, (or plug plants) were used to help get the trees established quickly, as the roots are protected within the ball of soil.

Over 3200 trees were planted along the Waveney Road section. The species of trees planted reflect the nature of the landscape and soil type. The primary species planted include: Pedunculate Oak, Common Alder, Rowan, Wild Cherry and Hornbeam, Field Maple, Downy Birch, Blackthorn, Hawthorn, Alder Buckthorn, Sweet Chestnut, Hazel, and Whitebeam.

The site was planted by PATT Foundation staff, and the help of their regular volunteers. Many of the volunteers live around Hull and East Yorkshire and take pride in improving the area. The PATT Foundation have planted three (out of four) sites along the Holderness Drain; also planting Bilsdale Grove and Exeter Grove.

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