Challenge to plant 27,000 trees by springtime - your help is needed

Council leader Coun Peter Box will be planting bulbs with some Horbury Primary school children at Shaw Cross. (w601b348)
Council leader Coun Peter Box will be planting bulbs with some Horbury Primary school children at Shaw Cross. (w601b348)

Volunteers can do their bit for the future of the area by helping to create large new woodlands.

Wakefield Council and the White Rose Forest Group have challenged people to plant 27,000 trees by the end of March 2014, at sites in Ossett and Normanton.

The project, called Woodland Creations, would help to reduce the city’scarbon footprint and reclaim pit spoil sites.

But the target will only be achieved with the help of eager schoolchildren and other volunteer tree planters.

Council leader Coun Peter Box planted some saplings with pupils from Horbury Primary School on Monday.

He said: “The planting of all these trees will be no easy job and we are looking for volunteers to help us with the planting. We are hoping that individuals, children and families will all join us.

“We are committed to protecting the environment and one of the ways we can do that is by planting trees, so join in and leave a legacy for future generations.”

Trees remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere which can help to protect against climate change.

They also enhance biodiversity and support wildlife.

Community planting events will be held every month at Shaw Cross Household Waste Recycling Centre, on Owl Lane, and at Gill Carr, in Normanton.

Tools and gloves will be provided but people can bring their own if they wish.

And volunteers should wear wellies or sturdy boots or shoes that they are happy to get muddy.

There will be planting events tomorrow and next Saturday at Shaw Cross, from 10am until noon.

And more events have been planned for the New Year.

Schools and businesses can contact the council directly to arrange for their own planting events to take place.

For more information about the events or to get involved visit www.wakefield.
gov.uk/treeplanting or call the contact centre on 0845 8 506 506.