Jubilant volunteers plant trees

Volunteers pictured planting the saplings at the Green Lane Centre
Volunteers pictured planting the saplings at the Green Lane Centre

VOLUNTEERS dug deep to plant more than 200 trees to create a jubilee wood in Whitby.

Sixteen members of Whitby in Bloom and Gateway with the backing of local residents planted 214 saplings - enough to plant half an acre at the back of the Green Lane Centre.

Their efforts were part of the Woodland Trust’s Tree Planting Challenge to help plant three million trees and achieve the target of six million trees for the Jubilee Woods project.

With help from Yorkshire Coast Homes and Scarborough Borough Council on a dry and sunny lunchtime, 16 volunteers dug and planted and wrapped all of the saplings in just two hours, transforming a barren bank into a wooded area.

Chairwoman of Whitby in Bloom, Amanda Smith said: “With joint aims of improving the environment for the local residents and the local wildlife we chose the wildlife pack a mix of blackthorn, hawthorn, hazel, silver birch and common oak.

She added: “We now have just one special tree left to plant, a royal oak sapling which is currently being nurtured until it is ready to be planted in a very special place.”