Final planting of Woodland Creations project

​Date: 10/04/2014
Ref: PR 4538

Wakefield Council's Woodland Creations project has been a huge success with more than 27,000 trees being planted by over 600 volunteers at two sites in district. To mark the final planting those involved will be at the at Gilcar Normanton site on Friday April 11 at 9.30 am.

Volunteers have included school children, local residents, community groups and businesses, who have all helped with the project since it was launched during National Tree Week in November last year.

Cllr Maureen Cummings, the Council's Cabinet Member for the Environment and Communities, said: "I want to thank all the volunteers who have given their time to help plant the trees. We are committed to reducing Wakefield's carbon footprint and making sure the environment is protected for future generations. The Woodland Creations project supported local wildlife and has given local children something to be proud of.

"To keep the site at Normanton in good condition a friends group has been established and the local primary school will be revisiting the site as part of an on-going education programme."

Roger Parkinson, a volunteer tree warden who has supported the project, has carved a sign for each site and the final planting event will see a tree from the Royal Estate planted next to it and wild flowers sown by the school children.

The Normanton and Ossett pit spoil sites were chosen as part of a pilot Carbon Code scheme by the Forestry Commission to promote woodland creation for the removal of carbon. Local tree wardens encouraged residents and pupils from neighbouring schools to do their bit for the environment and get involved with the project.

For more information visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/residents/sport-and-leisure/outdoors/parks-and-countryside/nature-conservation-and-wildlife  

There is also a Facebook group for those interested in the progress of the project www.facebook.com/WakefieldParksandCountryside