Dec 02 2019

Smithills update 2nd Dec 2019

Hello all

Well, we are just about recovering from our tree planting weeks! Thank you to EVERYONE who came along throughout the fortnight and helped our visiting groups to get trees planted. We’ve had brilliant feedback from everyone who came along. The mass tree planting on Saturday was a great success, with 3,000 trees planted on the day… taking our estimated total to 8,000 for the fortnight.  That means that, combining the November and March fortnights, we have planted 14,000 trees with Bolton’s communities. What an achievement!

 

SSG meeting tomorrow, 3rd December

The next all-volunteer group meeting is tomorrow at 6.30pm at the Hall. We will have a guest with us – Liz Allen, who is carrying out our mid-project evaluation. She will briefly outline what she is working on, and is interested in hearing your stories!

 

Smithills in the news

Newsround came along to one of our schools’ tree planting days and filmed some of our work…

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/50572259

North West Tonight came to the mass tree planting day and we were featured on the Sat evening edition… no clip available unfortunately!

The Bolton News covered the mass tree planting day too…

https://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/18072466.volunteers-plant-3-000-trees-smithills-estate-one-day/

We were in the Times list of Winter Woodland Walks at Number 1!

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/winter-woodlands-the-best-walks-for-trees-and-wildlife-vs7xm5bgg

And of course, Chris Packham hosted an hour long programme on the Woodland Trust’s tree planting scheme, which raised £200k for our community tree packs programme!

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/support-us/give/plant-100k/

 

Christmas tree festival

Pam and Shirley have volunteered to decorate the Woodland Trust Christmas tree on Monday 9 December, as part of the Barrow Bridge Christmas Tree Festival. Our theme is ‘Joy to the World’, which we will link to the ‘joyful changes’ we are bringing to the Estate with our work, such as increased biodiversity! I

2020 Events

We’re currently putting together a final calendar for 2020 of events and guided walks, which we will send out soon.

 

Volunteer Hours

I can let you know that we were on 4,800 hours by the end of October… exceeding the total for the whole of 2018. The Northern region as a whole has just exceeded 1,000 volunteer roles, and 247 of them are here at Smithills – so you represent a quarter of the roles in the North of England!

Vicky Entwistle, Engaging Communities Officer- Smithills

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