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Dava Way Association and Grantown Grammar School plant 300 trees


By Garry McCartney

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Neil Sinclair demonstrating planting to Grantown Grammar pupils at the southern end of the Dava Way near Lady Catherine's Halt.
Neil Sinclair demonstrating planting to Grantown Grammar pupils at the southern end of the Dava Way near Lady Catherine's Halt.

A volunteer group founded to look after a 23-mile cross-country trail has planted 300 trees along the route.

The Dava Way Association (DWA) applied for trees and hedging from the Woodland Trust as part of the Millennium planting campaign – the volunteers have since planted them at Mannachie, Edinkillie and Grantown.

Stuart Jebb and Malcolm Campbell planting at Edinkillie Breathing Space.
Stuart Jebb and Malcolm Campbell planting at Edinkillie Breathing Space.

DWA chairman Neil Sinclair confirmed the variety will attract wildlife and colour to the walk.

He said: “At the Mannachie ramp – which has a newly installed handrail – we planted 100 blackthorn, whitethorn, hawthorn, dogwood and crabapple shrubs to create a mixed hedge. At the Edinkillie Breathing Space behind the village hall we planted 150 oak, alder and rowan trees. Some of the same hedging plants as Mannachie were also planted. Tony Henry from Trees For Life kept us right!”

The DWA has a partnership with Grantown Grammar School where pupils are on the John Muir award scheme.

“We planted south of Lady Catherine’s Halt at the south end of the Dava Way,” said Neil. “The pupils planted along the adjacent banking. The trees were native broadleaf with canes and tubes to protect them.”



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