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September 2018 UPDATE


Last year the president of Rotary International asked of clubs to get involved in tree planting. As we have our own woodland, this was not such a difficult task for ourselves.  We supported three projects involved in tree planting.  We planted approximately 500 trees in Crookhall and funded the planting of 1000 trees in Tanzania. Our third project was to assist the sponsorship of apple trees at North East Autism Society’s training centre at Warlands Farm.   








Sponsor a tree for only £5.00
and help eradicate polio


Back in 2014 the Rotary Club of Derwentside planted their polio wood and we began with over 500 trees.  In March 2018 we will be planting a further 500 trees in our wood and in Crookhall, Consett. This is with the wonderful assistance from the Crookhall Foundation, in particular our friends John and Pauline Curry.
As usual, we hope our tree plant will raise fund for Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign. Rotary International, with the help of our partners are now on right on the brink or eradicating polio from the world. 

For the current situation on polio eradication, visit End Polio Now

If you would like to sponsor a tree for only £5.00, please contact us - details below

Or download an order slip



Send your £5 to

Polio Wood Project,
10 Church View
County Durham
Cheques made payable to the Rotary Club of Derwentside.
Please tell us the name of the person the tree is beiong planted for (please print clearly) and the address and postcode for where to send the certificate.






It is some time since we reported on our Polio wood, bu this does not mean that we have forgotten about it. 
We visited the wood recently to check up on your sapling. With the long grass you cannot see them, but they are most certainly there. We do not want to cut the grass just yet for fear of damaging the saplings. On close inspection you can see them coming through.
We are looking at long term plans for the land and will keep checking on the saplings and do what is necessary to look after them.
One short term plan is to plant crocus bulbs at the entrance to the wood. We have purchased 5000 crocus bulbs for this purpose and will be looking to do the planting in October.  The crocus flower represents the purple finger of a child that has just been vaccinated against polio. When a child is vaccinated, his or her finger is coloured purple to ensure they do not receive a double doze.   





7th March 2015 - 10am

Our tree planting event in March was another great success. Luckily the weather behaved and the bacon butties afterwards were very well received. We planted over 200 trees. This is in keeping with our promise to look after our polio wood and in particular your trees.   


We were very happy to be joined by members of the Rotary Club of Washington, in particular Rotarian Alan Armitage, who was celebrating his 90th birthday.   Alan wanted to have some trees planted for polio instead of presents and a result, over 100 was sent off to our Polio eradication fund.  We gave Alan the honour of planting the first tree. He did it grandly and then went on to plant lots more. Well done Alan.


As usual our gratitude also goes to Groundwork North East for their guidance and assistance with the planting.     


Here are the details.


9.30 - 10.00am:  Meet up at Crookhall Community Centre for tea/coffe and bacon buns


10am: Short briefing. How to plant trees etc.

10.10am:  Planting begins

We expect to finish between 11am and 11.30am


If you would like to help, just ring Michael on the number above.








Groundwork North East teach us the correct way to plant a tree.


On Saturday the 8th of March 2014, the Rotary Club of Derwentside, along with fellow Rotarians, friends and the wonderful community of Crookhall, Consett, planted a wood for Polio. 


Since 1985, Rotary International has been engaged in eradicating Polio from the world.  Today over 2.5 billion children have been immunized against Polio and there are only three countries left where Polio is endemic.   


Some of the members of the Rotary Club of Derwentside have taken part in Polio immunization in West Africa and India.


 Carrying out such a job requires funding to pay for the vaccines and the logistics. The aims behind our Polio Wood was to raise awareness and funds.  Our families, friends and fellow Rotarians paid 5.00 to have a tree planted in someone's name or memory.


 Our Promise


On the day we planted our wood, with the help of the community, we promised that we would not just walk away. We would take our part in looking after it. So we occasionally visit the wood for a tidy up and we will replace trees that do not survive.


We promised that we would look after our wood and on this page we will keep you informed with up-dates about how your trees are coming along.




The Club had teamed up with Groundwork North East and Durham County Council to plant a one-acre wood for Polio. We acquired the land and the project was part of the Big Tree Plant. Our trees were provided by the Woodland Trust, under their free tree pack scheme. We did however purchase some oaks to add to the mix.
The planting was to commemorate our tenth anniversary and raise funds for our Polio Plus Campaign. Our official birthday is the 7th of March.
Through sponsoring the trees, we were able to raise over 2000.00 towards Rotary's goal of eradicating polio from the world. To learn about End Polio Now, click HERE 




Some of our younger grafters

 470 trees were planted on that day and well over 2000 was raised towards
Rotary's goal of eradicating Polio.

The Rotary Club of Derwentside will keep their promise.
A further 125 trees will be planted in the spring of 2015