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Friends of the Corve and Teme 

Ludlow's flood action and river environment group


Trees for Corvedale

A Working Partnership Between Friends of The Corve and Teme
and Shropshire Wildlife Trust

Give me a land of boughs in leaf
A land of trees that stand;
Where trees are fallen there is grief;
I love no leafless land.”
― A.E. Housman

 Holmes Wood

Contour hedge by Holmes Wood

  trees in dingle

 Trees in dingle

Scientists say that by planting 1.5 billion trees, we can make a direct contribution to fighting climate change. Trees absorb carbon, provide oxygen, boost biodiversity, and can even prevent flooding.

The government has launched a £50 million scheme to encourage tree-planting, and various groups and organisations are urging communities and businesses to compensate for their carbon emissions.

Friends of the Corve and Teme have formed a working partnership with Shropshire Wildlife Trust to actively encourage individuals, communities, local authorities, schools, clubs and land owners to plant trees.

It works like this. Any person or organisation willing to plant one tree, several trees, a copse or a hedgerow on their land should contact Rosemary Wood, chairman of , Friends of the Corve and Teme. We will then liaise with Luke Neal, Deputy Manager of the Rivers Team at Shropshire ildlife Trust, to map the location, and discuss the type of trees, planting and maintenance.

Once we have established where trees and hedges could be rooted, we plan to work with funding agenccies and would expect to cover the costs of supplying plants and guards. If the area is sufficiently large we could consider employing contractors to undertake planting.

We also hope to run community tree planting days where everyone can get involved in tackling the climate crisis.

It is difficult to say where we hope to plant trees until we establish relevant dialogues, so we are initially following the route of the river.As climate change increases the frequency and intensity of both rain and sunshine, the role of trees in the landscape becomes ever more important.Contour hedges and tree planting are known to benefit the interception of overland flows at times of high rainfall; root networks also reduce erosion and help to maintain soils and water quality.Luke is already working with local flood awareness groups and the Woodland Trust to plant trees strategically. Again to quote A E Housman, we hope to work with land owners and farmers "in valleys of springs of rivers, By Onny and Teme and Clun, The country for easy livers, The quietest under the sun." 

Shropshire Slow the Flow

2,705 trees planted in the Corve Dale

 flow interception planting

Mid-field surace flow
interception planting

 Woodland Trust

Trees provided by
Woodland Trust

Shropshire Slow the Flow in the Corve Dale is a Natural Flood Management project delivered by Shropshire Wildlife trust in partnership with Shropshire Council, the Environment Agency and the National Flood Forum. It works with local communities and Flood Action Groups to reduce the downstream flooding experienced in many of the villages in the Dale, by re-engaging natural processes in the landscape. This can be through field aeration, woody debris barriers in watercourses, swales or tree planting.   

Luke Neal, Deputy Manager of the Rivers Team at Shropshire Wildlife Trust, has been working with the charity 10:10 Climate Action (now renamed Possible) and the Woodland Trust to plant trees strategically, not only to mitigate carbon emissions but also to alleviate the effects of climate change.  Seven landowners were involved, with a total of 17 planting sites.


Luke, says, “This was a challenging project with funding arriving late in the season and multiple landowners with several sites on each land parcel. The weather in the early part of 2019 was also challenging, with frosts in late February leading to unseasonal hot spells, making planting decisions increasingly difficult."


With some areas having been incorrectly measured out and landowners changing their minds at a late stage it seemed that we would not get all of our trees in the ground this year. However we capitalised on our involvement with another partnership project, this time with the Environment Agency, in the Clun valley which would benefit from taking up the shortfall. Fortunately the weather returned to normal and planting was able to continue later in the season. Unmuddying the waters in the Clun valley is another Natural Flood Management project and the trees will re-naturalise part of the river Kemp catchment, helping to reduce overland flows there. 


Trees planted: 2,705 over a total area of 820 m2


Length of hedgerow planted (including standard tree every 6 m): 1.255 km


Total trees and shrubs planted: 9,030


Number of landowners involved = 7 


Number of planting sites = 17 



This project only materialised because of dialogue with landowners.   

If you know of anyone who would be willing to  

plant trees or hedgerows on their land, please contact  

Rosemary Wood, or phone 01584 875438 




Could you begin a dialogue with someone you know who may be willing to plant trees on their land? 

Luke’s project 2,705 Trees Planted in the Corve Dale 

·      covered an area of 820m2


·      1,255m of hedgerow with a standard tree planted every six metres


·      planted a total of 9,030 trees and shrubs


·      Seven landowners were involved    over 17 planting sites.   


This was a major exercise, but if you know anyone – friend, neighbour, relative, organisation – who may be willing to begin talking about planting on their land, please get in touch! 


    Woodland tree species mix

 Alder 75 Aspen 50
 Crab apple 75 Bird cherry 75
Field maple  150 Goat willow 50
Hornbeam 125 Lime (small leaf) 125
Silver birch  375 Rowan 150
Wild cherry  75 Sessile oak 675
     Sweet chestnut 75
    Total 2075

    Shrub species

 Alder blacckthorn  50 Hawthorn 75
Dog rose  50 Holly 200
Elder 25 Spindle 75
 Hazel 175    
    Total  650

 Hedge planting specification



 A double-row hedge with 5 shrubs per metre incorporating staked hedgerow tree every 6 m.



 Crab apple




 Dog rose


 Field maple




 Hazel 625
 Hedge length 1255 m  Tree choice 350












  Tree choice hedge standards (bundles of 25)
 Tree species Quantity
 Sessile oak 200
 Beech 75
Black poplar  75
 Total trees and shrubs 6325











Shropshire Wildlife Trust

 Slow the Flow