Mar 21 2019

6,200 trees are in the ground!

Hello all


Smithills tree planting fortnight  is done!


We have had a huge number of groups visit us… The Olive School, Brownlow Fold School, Devonshire Road School, Myerscough College, Selfridges, Enterprise Car Hire, Co-op Insurance, Kenny Waste, Seddons, Bolton at Home, AFG Law, City of Trees (who brought University of Manchester volunteers too), Environment Agency, Forestry Commission, Phoenix Futures, Bolton Council of Mosques, Bolton Christian Cohesion, Bolton 35th Star Scouts, Prince’s Trust, Lancashire Fire Service (and Fire Cadets), 1st Buglawton Scouts (Congleton), Sri Lankan Bolton Community (SLBC), High Lawn Primary School , Johnson Fold Primary School, Backup Bolton, Muslim Youth Association, IKEA, GVA and Bolton CVS.


That’s 31 groups… 850 people across the two weeks… and 6,200 trees.


23 volunteers helped us over the two weeks, some of you on numerous days, and in variable weather conditions – from hail to torrential rain to blue skies and rainbows.


We have planted an avenue of cherry trees at Walker Fold Car Park with some of the groups who came and supported, to mark the way in which Bolton’s communities came together to create the new woodland at Walker Fold. These trees will have plaques for Phoenix Futures, Sri Lankan Bolton Community, City of Trees, Bolton CVS, Christian Cohesion, Bolton Council of Mosques, the Bolton Family, and Lancashire Fire Service.


Margaret Simpson out in week 1 with the most beautiful Smithills backdrop…


Dementia-friendly Walks

We are starting a monthly dementia-friendly walk, in partnership with City of Trees, with the first walk being on April 4th. There has been a good response to this from various local healthcare organisations so we are hoping this will turn out to be a valuable event. Smithills event volunteers are welcome to help out if they are interested – we will be looking  to arrange a Dementia Friends training session for anyone who wishes to help.


Vicky Entwistle – Engaging Communities Officer, Smithills


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