Churwell tree planting a success

VOLUNTEER: Rebecca Doherty has her tree ready to plant. (NS)
VOLUNTEER: Rebecca Doherty has her tree ready to plant. (NS)

THE cake has been eaten and the bunting taken down and soon all that will be left of Morley’s Jubilee celebrations will be memories and photographs.

Environmental volunteers in Churwell however are confident their celebration will have a lasting legacy in the form of a Jubilee hedgerow that will grow and provide a habitat for thousands of insects, birds and small mammals.

The Action Group, and Churwell residents placing of the scroll under the oak tree. (NS)

The Action Group, and Churwell residents placing of the scroll under the oak tree. (NS)

Around 60 families went along to Daffil wood on bank holiday Tuesday for a tree planting event organised by Churwell Action Group Environmental volunteers.

Each child was given a seedling to plant, a time capsule to fill and bury under it and a keepsake certificate to mark the occasion.

There were also wildlife quizzes and buns and drinks for everybody once their job was done.

Finally a scroll including the name of everyone who joined in the day was placed under the Royal Oak tree, a sapling provided from one of the Queen’s estates.

Spokesman Steve Hunter said it had been a great event and very well attended.

They planted more than 30 trees in a new hedge that edges three newly dug ponds.

“The parents and children were interested in the work we are doing and it was nice to have time to explain what we are trying to achieve in improving our local environment,” he said.

Now the volunteers are hoping the children and their families will keep going back to Daffil Wood to keep an eye on the hedge and the oak tree which should live for hundreds of years.