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New trees improve Dogflud Way

The appearance of a grass verge along the Dogflud Way one-way system has been enhanced by the Farnham in Bloom community group.

Volunteers from the group have planted six trees, which include hawthorn, rowan and wild service and 12 red cornus, commonly known as dogwood.

Wild service trees are more commonly found in the north of England. They are unusual looking with grey/brown flaky bark. The tree grows clusters of white flowers which are similar in appearance to the rowan. The berries are brown and form in the late summer. The wild service tree is suitable for growing on poor soil.

Councillor Jeremy Ricketts, Lead Member for Farnham in Bloom says: “All the trees that have been chosen for this patch of land produce berries, which we hope will attract birds. This project demonstrates how you do not need to have a large area of land to create a wildlife haven.”

As well as planting trees, the community group spent time cutting down brambles to regenerate new growth. The clearance of the area will make it easier to litter pick. The space will also include a wildflower section to encourage pollinators.

The Farnham in Bloom community group is made up of volunteers who contribute a great deal to Farnham’s entry into South and South East in Bloom and this year’s Britain in Bloom competition. The group regularly takes part in projects such as planting trees and bulbs, tidying up areas, litter picks and creating wildlife havens. For more information about getting involved in the community group, contact Kevin Taitt on 01252 712667 or email

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