Dozens of green-minded residents have put down roots in a timeless corner of East Hampshire.

Exactly 100 people took to the hills near Clanfield on Saturday (March 23) to join a Community Tree Planting Day at Butser Ancient Farm.

The volunteers planted a host of native trees and hedgerows around the site as part of a wider Grow Up project led by East Hampshire District Council.

Participants were given a quick demonstration on tree planting, learned the importance of their work and took part in nature-based crafts.

East Hampshire MP Damian Hinds also grabbed a spade and took part along with Petersfield town crier Faye Thompson, who planted a ceremonial lime tree – the first of the day – after making her proclamation.

Katherine Brooks, volunteer coordinator, said the event was all about “empowering people” and encouraging participants of all ages to get planting.

She said: “It’s just to encourage green, grassroots participation and we’re encouraging people to look out for their environment.

“The key thing is to encourage children and adults to think about where they can plant trees, to maybe start a community planting or create a green space. Today has been very encouraging.”

Some 66 adults and 33 children took part while the specimens planted are perfect for the site, as they would have been typical during the periods the farm replicates.

Katherine added: “The trees and hedgerow we’re planting today would have been here in ancient times, and the emphasis is on supporting wildlife and biodiversity in the area.”