Welcome to our new Tree Trail!

Our newest proposal for the Plock makes use of the existing wonders of our surroundings. We have a huge variety of trees here, some that have grown twisted and created angular shapes, others that shoot straight up to the sky. The range of species is also inspiring: with trees such as silver birch, sessile oak and the ubiquitous rowan there’s endless inspiration, with a mix of other species such as pines, aspen, holly and willow that create pockets of interest where ever you go.

We want to celebrate this diversity! And so, we’ve developed the idea of having a tree trail on the Plock. Some of this trail will be made up of biologically interesting trees such as the oak that is growing out of the rock above the village and a hollow rowan on the inner loop, but we also want to add a community aspect to the trail and that’s where you come in.

We want to hear about your favourite trees: is there a tree that you always look for? A special path you take to visit your tall friend? Or is there something new that you’ve only just noticed? Either way, we would love to hear more. We are hoping that the trail will become a mix of the personal and the new – leading to great discoveries that will have you visiting again and again. Entrants to the competition will be put into a public poll that will run over the festive season – giving you all a chance to vote on which trees deserve a place on the trail. But first, make sure to enter the competition to give your tree a chance of receiving that honour!

The competition entries can be submitted either on paper forms (which can be collected from the Toll Office) or downloaded here, or via Google Forms available here. We ask for as much information as you can give, including a precise location (we recommend using What3Words,  to get a really exact position and a descriptive photo to ensure we get the right tree! Click here for information on What3words), a description and a story about what it means to you. If desired, you can also submit pictures, drawings, handwritten pieces or anything you want to be added to our interactive tree trail. Schools will be involved in the creation of the trail as well and look out for our tree planting events which will run in November.

To enhance the personal touch, we are encouraging people to name their tree after something in their lives. Through this way, you can commemorate a loved one, remember a family occasion or give hope for the future. Your street can elect a tree, your friendship group can be immortalized by the tree trail, and new memories made as well. Once the trail opens in Spring 2022, there will be a series of benches and places of contemplation along the trail, as well as information boards, nest boxes and further information available via QR codes, enabling you to experience the trail in many different ways.

All in all, we are really excited about developing this trail alongside you all. There will be a series of events around the opening of the trail next Spring, and we look forward to seeing you then. In the meantime, if you have any comments or questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us using the contact information at the top of the page.