24th April is National Arbor Day in the U.S, and is a holiday to celebrate and promote the planting and caring for trees. It began over 200 years ago in 1805 when a local priest in the Spanish village of Villanueva de la Sierra launched the initiative.
Arbor Day began in America in 1872, with an estimated 1 million trees planted in Nebraska. Birdsey Northrop of Connecticut took the message of Arbor Day to Japan when he visited in 1883, and in that same year he became the Chairman of the "Arbor Day Nationwide" campaign, as part of the American Forestry Commission.
With his enthusiasm for the event it soon spread to Canada, Europe and Australia.
Find out more about Arbor Day and the Arbor Day Foundation
We're excited to confirm details for this year's Annual General Meeting (AGM):
Asparagus season traditionally lasts from around St George’s Day (23rd April) to Midsummer (21st June), with most of the crop that is grown in the UK grown in Worcestershire. Some argue that the Vale of Evesham grows the best asparagus because the farmers there have inherited a mystical affinity with the asparagus and have more patience for the crop; whilst others argue that it’s due to the light sandy soils of the region.
A Brief History...
The vegetable came to our shores during the Roman era, but is thought to date back to at least 200BC to the Mediterranean shores. As standing water can rot the roots easily and the vegetable can withstand saltier conditions than other plants, it would make sense that asparagus started off life on the coast line, where the sand would absorb a lot of the moisture.
Much like how samphire, or so-called ‘sea asparagus’ grows in the wild.
The Romans considered asparagus the food of the rich and wealthy, and tried to cultivate it in every country they conquered. So that they could have asparagus all year round, crops from Worcestershire would be transported by a series of runners to high up in the European Alps, where it would be frozen until it was needed by the Roman officials.
So whilst we don’t know exactly why Worcestershire is so perfect for growing asparagus, we can be almost certain that it’s in part to do with the soil that creates such an individual taste that’s been sought after for millennia. Where would we be without soil variety and magic Evesham farmers?
So what better time than to enjoy some locally-grown asparagus? Especially those who are fortunate enough to live in Worcestershire!
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Our volunteers have been working hard to create a Nature Trail, taking a disused section of railway line and transforming it into an exciting pathway which will be a resource for the community to learn both about biodiversity and railway heritage.
As part of this project, we need to create sections of boardwalk to make the area safe and convenient to walk along. That's where Malvern Coppicing come in.
So that our volunteers can learn how to assemble the boardwalk, Malvern Coppicing have offered to assemble our first section of boardwalk for free, and Phil has offered our project officer, Emma, advice on the boardwalk's design. They are also supplying sustainable timber and ordering the ironmongery for us to ensure we have all of the correct pieces of equipment.
The result? We should end up with a tailor-made, sustainable and locally-sourced raised boardwalk to make the wet and muddy parts of our nature trail accessible all year round!
So from Worcester Roots Foundation, a BIG thanks to Phil and Malvern Coppicing!
To find out more, visit their web site.