March and April has seen a flurry of activity at Smithills in Bolton, and not just the snow variety, starting the long anticipated tree planting programme. Volunteers have been actively involved in the preparations and assisting local dignitaries, school and college groups, community and family parties and corporate teams. With contributions from City of Trees and Bolton Conservation Volunteers, this was an impressive collaborative effort. Despite the variable, and occasionally challenging weather conditions, 21,000 trees have been planted; 16,000 of which have created new woodland areas. This sets us well on the way to our target of 130,000 over the next 5 years, which will double the tree cover on the site.
These are exciting times for everyone at Smithills as the efforts of staff and volunteers contribute to the general improvement of this amazing countryside, which can be accessed so easily.
Over the coming months volunteers will be involved in regular patrols, maintenance work, monitoring & recording wildlife on the site, preparing guided walks and manning events such as the annual Bioblitz.
We hope to keep you informed of progress and of upcoming events, including volunteer task days and open workshops.
The Smithills Project is a five year Heritage Lottery Bid (HLF) that will run until 2022. This is a match funded project, so we will still be running fundraising events throughout this time to match the money donated through the lottery grant. If you would like to get involved with Smithills in this or in another volunteer capacity, please email firstname.lastname@example.org our lead volunteer there for more information