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Keep an eye out for Jack and Loli’s oak trees in the Kenwith Valley

Muddy shoes and big smiles! Jack and Lola Heard will never forget the time they joined the Burrows Rangers and Marion Fanning from the Friends of Kenwith Valley to plant two trees they had grown from acorns found on the Tarka Trail.

The brother and sister pair regularly join mum Stephanie, dad Phil and Nana to walk and explore the Tarka Trail between Great Torrington and Bideford.

Thanks to Nana’s encyclopedic knowledge of plants and trees, Jack and Lola love nothing better than collecting the bits of nature they find on the trail.

Lola Heard – Credit: TDC

Just before Great Torrington Jack came across two acorns, one of which was quite mouldy! Once the acorns were safely tucked away, they were taken home and planted in two pots; but it won’t be long before the seedlings outgrow their pots and need a new home.

It was time to contact Torridge District Council where Northam Burrows Rangers were on hand to suggest the Kenwith Valley Nature Reserve as a good location for the trees.

Planting trees is an incredible way for the younger generation to connect with nature and the Rangers were really impressed with Jack and Lola’s approach to getting stuck in and helping plant trees.

Jack Heard - Credit: TDC
Jack Heard – Credit: TDC

Torridge can report that the love of nature in the Heard household continues to this day. Jack and Lola now grow lemon trees, apple trees, orange trees and pumpkins. Growing orange trees turns out to be a bit difficult. Hopefully the pumpkins are ready for Halloween!

Torridge District Council’s lead member for climate change, Councilor Peter Hames, said: “Jack and Lola’s enthusiasm and awareness is truly inspiring! Both are great role models in recognizing the importance of nature. Planting trees helps combat C02 emissions, making the air cleaner for people and wildlife.

“Reconnecting forest habitats and planting them appropriately is a simple way to increase the diversity and function of our landscape. It will be lovely for both of us to walk through the valley and pick out the great oaks they planted together! Well done Jack and Lolo!”

Burrows Rangers run volunteer events throughout the year to help look after this wild and beautiful place. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact them on 01237 479708 or email:

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