SUPPORTERS of an open space in Weymouth are going back to their roots as they plant more trees to make the area look more attractive and create a wildlife haven

The Friends of the Marsh was set up a few years ago to protect and promote the popular community space in Westham.

Tree planting, the latest project to enhance the site, is continuing to create a natural woodland area.

Plans are also afoot to install a children's play area at the Marsh.

Despite the rain, members of the group set out with 70 saplings to plant on a 'neglected corner' of the Marsh.

With help and guidance from the head arborist from Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, a small team planted saplings to create a mixed woodland of Rowan, Willow, Hawthorn and Birch. All the trees were donated by the Woodland Trust and it is hoped that, as they grow, they will help to screen the backs of the fences and create a much more natural border as well as being a haven for wildlife.

Juliet Stoodley, a local resident and member of the Friends group said: "The trees have been selected to suit the wet, clay soil that is here on the Marsh, so all being well these young saplings will grow into a wonderful natural border for this side of the Marsh.

It is hoped that by the group being active and getting things done on the Marsh it will help to encourage others to get involved.

The Friends of the Marsh are working hard, in conjunction with the council to keep improving the Marsh area and will be working on creating a community garden, wildflower bed as well as maintaining the existing orchard over the coming year.

The next big project for this spring will be the installation of a new children’s play area.

Juliet Stoodley said: "here is so much support for a new play area that we are so pleased to be able to assist the council with getting a wonderful, new facility on the existing site."

There will be an open, public viewing of the play area plans on Saturday, February 24 in the foyer at Weymouth Swimming Pool.

If you are interested in finding more about the Friends of the Marsh Group, get in touch via email to