I was privileged to have been invited to the Farleigh Golf Club last Friday to participate in a historic tree planting ceremony, the first of eleven acres’ worth of new woodland to be planted by the Club. Farleigh Golf Club is surrounded by ancient semi-natural woodland, and with the guidance of the Woodland Trust, the new trees are being planted along the boundary of a historic forest dating back to the Middle Ages. Although the trees being planted are approximately 2 years old, they will soon have a major impact on the environment around Farleigh. Within 10 years the trees will be over 10ft tall, providing a multitude of benefits to both humans and wildlife. I felt honoured to have been able to play a part in this symbolic event, and it was great to see that so many people were able to attend despite the torrential rain on Friday. As custodians of our natural environment, we have a responsibility to ensure that historic woodland around places like Farleigh is preserved, for the enjoyment and wellbeing of generations to come. My thanks to everyone involved in this wonderful project.