Dec 05 2019

Tree Planting Galore at Shaw Cross, Wakefield

Last Saturday saw the planting of  a fantastic 2000 trees at Shaw Cross, near Wakefield.

An enormous thank you to volunteer Roger Parkinson for organising such a fabulously successful day, as well as a thank you to all the volunteers who came out to support him.

Despite the freezing start, it turned out to be a beautiful day with soft ground under the frosted grass. Trees came from the community tree nursery at Thornes Park and all 2000 were bagged up 25 in each with spirals so they could be handed out ready to go and keep the bare roots from drying out.

Some volunteers came back for extra bags and one new volunteer Kevin put 100 trees in! Thanks also to Pat for bringing along the lovely mince pies and for planting 50 trees to boot!

A brilliant turnout with around 70 people including families and a youth group resulted in all 2000 trees going in within three hours. Brilliant!

Many people as they left asked for information about future events and took away Tree Charter information and other WT leaflets.

Thanks to Wakefield Council for letting us use this site and to Horbury Phoenix Rotary Club for managing the parking.

Too add to this the bags were then filled up again with trees on Sunday ready for our next project on Monday morning. Over the next three days children from Kettlethorpe Schools helped to make part of their estate greener and better for wildlife. A massive thanks here to Roger again for providing an assembly in the school last week about all the good things that trees bring.

All this effort is truly inspiring,  fantastic work and a wonderful example too of bringing the charter to life!


Claire Green – Volunteer Development Officer


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