• Tony Norman - local hero for the native black poplar

    Tony Norman from Pembridge has become a local hero for the conservation efforts to maintain and expand the numbers of native black poplars in Herefordshire. About three years ago Tony got together with David Griffith, another enthusiastic advocate for the black poplar, as they were well aware that the number of mature native black poplars in the county were down to about 200 trees, and several were being lost every year as old age and the elements caught up with them. The plan was to get 1,000 new trees in the ground and, most particularly, to try and bolster up the population of female trees to encourage natural regen. by seed. Several friends and members of the Herefordshire Tree Warden Network have now got the bit between their teeth and planting continues apace, with new trees being mapped and added to a database. Fortunately the planting season is almost over now that Covid-19 is with us.

    Here's a picture of Tony planting one of his truncheons into a streamside near Eardisland with a splendid example of an outgrown pollard in the background - hopefully the shape of things to come.

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