Tree Planting for The Forest of Bradford

Sat 30th March 2019 at 10.30 - 14.00

For the 8th Year members helped The Forest of Bradford by planting 350 trees at Crag Nook Farm, Oldfield, BD22 0JL

Organised by Alan Morrell thirteen members turned up to what has become an annual event. Bradford Blaize paid £500 for the trees and the stakes and protective sheaths. Then guided by Kevin Walker from The Forest of Bradford they planted Lime, Oak, Alder, Willow, Spruce and Ash at Crag Nook Farm. Over the 8 years that we have been undertaking this task we have planted a total of 4,350 trees including hedgerow shrubs for wildlife such as Hawthorn and Buckthorn. This has resulted in the club receiving a prestigious Rotary Award for our series of plantings since the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. 

The site is spectacularly placed above Ponden reservoir but was very exposed and warm protective clothing was required. John Barrow the President of Blaize said "It was quite a hard effort actually – quite a steep slope, but excellent soil – much too good just for Sheep !".

The landowner provided hot drinks during the planting. Then afterwards the team retired to The Golden Fleece in Oakworth where they were given a warm welcome from the Manager Gareth.

The Forest of Bradford is an exciting initiative to increase woodland cover throughout the district in partnership with local communities, organisations, volunteers and businesses. The project was set up in 1998 with the aim of establishing a sustainable wooded landscape in both the rural and urban areas of the district.

Over the last ten years the Forest of Bradford and its partners have planted over 600,000 native broad-leaved trees and shrubs at over 350 different sites in partnership with a wide cross-section of the community. The intention is to increase woodland cover in Bradford to something like the national average. To do this they need to plant up to 1,000,000 trees in total

For more information see the Bradford Environmental Action Trust web site: - www.beat.org.uk/forest-of-bradford/

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