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Exercise with a purpose

9:57am - 22 April 2020

To give your daily exercise, whether it’s a run, cycle, or walk, purpose why not check up on newly planted trees on your route?

Cllr Bridget Petty, North Somerset Council’s executive member for climate emergency and environment, said: “As part of your exercise regime could you check on the new trees we’ve been planting as part of our rewilding project? For example – are their plastic guards on properly (they make microclimates to support growth in the early months), are there support sticks helping them grow upright, if not then give them a hand to stand up straight.”

Cllr Petty added that the saplings would appreciate a drink of water too, if it’s been a dry spell.

“If there’s anything amiss then please email us and let us know – and send us your pictures of how you’re caring for the environment so we can share them on social media – email rewilding.volunteering@n-somerset.gov.uk.”

Nicola Webb, the council’s climate emergency manager, gave her take on combining exercise with keeping an eye on things.

“Before lockdown I completed a Couch to 5k running course with the Weston Whippets running club. I wanted to get back into running and to get to know a few more people as I’m relatively new to the area (that part hasn’t gone quite to plan in current circumstances).

“The course was meant to finish with a graduation park run at the end of March which has had to be postponed. However, I am now comfortably doing 5k a couple of times a week and with the Government guidance on daily outdoor exercise I felt like I needed a new challenge to encourage/force me to go out regularly. I tend to find my body and my brain need outdoor exercise to keep me ticking over.

“So I decided that I would give myself the additional challenge of visiting the newly planted North Somerset rewilding trees. There are twelve sites within easy jogging/cycling distance from my house and a few more in Clevedon, Nailsea, Portishead and Yatton. I started with Lynch Farm and Castle Batch – I helped out on the Lynch Farm planting day so was keen to see if my trees were still standing (all looked pretty promising).

“On another run I managed to get in three sites: Powis Close, Ashcombe Park and Baytree View and all of them were looking great. A couple of slightly bent trees, but none which were obviously damaged or missing and even some signs of growth.”

All the rewilding sites are listed on the council’s website.

Remember – always follow Government guidelines and only exercise on your own or with members of your household.