Thorncombe Village Trust
One of the primary aims of the Trust has been the planting and maintaining of hundreds of trees in the parish. Beautiful trees that now line the hedgerows and the lanes, and in one case form a wood, are there because the Trust used members' subscriptions to buy, plant and maintain the trees.
Trees planted in hedgerows are marked with blue ties, to warn anyone trimming the hedge. When planted they are staked for a year or two until they get strong enough to support themselves. If you notice any trees that are obviously in need of attention, such as outgrown ties, or damaged branches, please contact a Trust committee member.
Types of trees
In general the trees that are planted are indigenous species such as hawthorn, oak,
ash, mountain ash and wild cherry. Also, the planting spot is taken into consideration
We’ve planted several commemorative trees in the parish, see more….
This stunning avenue of oaks makes a memorable entrance to the village and is hugely important to the area. Thirty years ago some of the trees had died and members were concerned that the avenue was in danger of disappearing. The Trust filled in gaps and planted replacements which have grown well.
In 1997 Mr Johnson, a local landowner, allowed the sloping site near Dungeon Coppice to be planted with woodland trees by Thorncombe Village Trust. Many people pass this woodland daily when walking through from Wittey's Lane to the Dungeon without realising its history........ read more
Ban on import and movement of ash confirmed ….. The Government has confirmed a ban on the import and movement of ash trees following the outbreak of Chalara ash dieback. The Government must now set up an emergency summit bringing together representatives from all areas of forestry, plant health and conservation to address the wider issues surrounding threats to our native trees and woods.
Read more on the Woodland Trust website
And here on the Dorset County Council site : www.dorsetforyou.com/ash-
Have you heard of the Ancient Tree Hunt?
Your help is needed to record ancient trees so that they can be protected, and now that there is the threat of ancient ash trees dying, it is especially important to record particularly old and large ashes before they are gone forever.
“The Ancient Tree Hunt (ATH) is a living database of ancient trees. The ATH began
in 2004, as a joint venture with the Tree Register of the British Isles and the Ancient
Tree Forum. By October 2011, over 100,000 hand-
You can download recording forms and information about how to identify ancient trees on this site too. Please let us know of any trees you identify as ancient.
|History of the Trust|
|Constitution of the Trust|
|Minutes of meetings|
|Autumn Walk & Tea 2013|
|Blackdown Walk Aug 2013|
|Bluebell Walk May 2013|
|Pollinator Survey June 2013|
|Visiting new-born lambs 2013|
|Clapton Mill tour|
|Rock pool search|
|2014 Christmas Sale|
|Plants and Flowers|
|Geology and geography|
|Chard Junction Nature Reserve|
|Nature Reserve pictures|
|Artists and writers|
|In the news|
|17th and 18th centuries|
|Once upon a Thorncombe Road|
|Thorncombe's Changing Boundaries|
|Life in Thorncombe's Workhouse|
|Chard St Bakery & Forge|
|Thomas Place and The Terrace|
|Dodgy local ice-cream|
|Gribb arsenic poisoning|
|Thorncombe's Flax and Hemp Industries|
|St Mary's Church|
|Who was William Bragge?|
|Donald Hutchings school|
|Donald Hutchings wartime|
|Louise May Silver|
|Starting out in 1960s Thorncombe|
|Thorncombe between the wars|
|Village Life in the 1980's|
|Women's Institute in 1967|
|St Mary's School|
|St Mary's School photos|
|A Village Walk. Walk 9|
|Rights of Way information|