Trees planted at historic WWII site

Volunteers planted over 500 trees at Bannial Flatt at the weekend.
Volunteers planted over 500 trees at Bannial Flatt at the weekend.

VOLUNTEERS joined forces with the town’s air cadets to plant more than 500 trees at a historic Second World War site near Whitby.

The youngsters from 740 (Whitby) Squadron RAF Cadets took part in the project on Sunday alongside members of the Whitby in Bloom Group at Bannial Flatt at Sleights’ road end where the first enemy aircraft – a German bomber – was shot down on English soil on 3 February 1940.

The group has joined with other partnership groups across Whitby in recent weeks to play its part in the Woodland Trust initiative to massively increase the numbers of native trees in the countryside.

Each group has worked tirelessly to plant young saplings of native species in designated places across Whitby and district.

Chairman of Whitby in Bloom, Susan Davies, said their efforts will be there to bring pleasure to future generations in Whitby as well as protecting the environment.

She said: “The work of these volunteers has been amazing.

“Several hours of commitment takes its toll on joints and muscles but never on enthusiasm.

“They really do care about the big picture and their efforts are so much appreciated by those less able to help. The volunteers seem to have a motto ‘just do it, don’t just talk about it’. Well done to everyone who took part.”