Looking up at an oak on Loch Lomondside in spring
May 30 2019

Woodland Trust Volunteer Roger Parkinson wins award


Our very own Roger Parkinson was taken by surprise last Friday 10th May when he was given a special award by Horbury District Rotary Club. Not normally given to non-rotarians, Roger was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship for his considerable contribution to the ecology of Wakefield District, including the planting of thousands of trees.


Roger who gives a great deal of time as a Woodland Creation Champion and Volunteer Speaker for the Woodland Trust, as well as through his leading role for Wakefield Tree Wardens Charter Branch said “I was invited to Horbury Phoenix Rotary Clubs Community Awards Evening to help give out cheques awarded to local community groups for projects. Just after I had presented a cheque to a local school the Rotarians started to tell the audience about the projects we had done together over the years and about the things I do. They then presented me a PAUL HARRIS FELLOWSHIP certificate and pin.”


“Over the years I have spoken to a number of Rotary Clubs about The Woodland Trust and the things we do locally which has sometimes resulted in a return visit. Horbury Phoenix Rotary are a very active group and we have worked together restoring and fitting many bench seats in public green spaces, numerous bird and bat boxes and tree planting, particularly last year as part of the Woodland Trust and Rotary National Project. I set up the Shaw Cross site so that clubs in this District could come and plant lots of trees. Several hundred were added by the rotarians. Last year I helped Horbury Phoenix source, supply and plant a larger Oak tree to be the WW1 Centenary Memorial Tree for Horbury. Also to fit a metal tree guard and interpretation board about the men from Horbury who did not return.


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