FIRST ‘ROTARY WOOD’ ESTABLISHED IN CLITHEROE
Over 300 trees and hedgerow plants added to land on Highmoor by volunteers.
December 2020 - - Families and volunteers from across the town joined a Clitheroe Rotary-led initiative this weekend to plant up the first Rotary Wood as part of National Tree Week.
Planted in Highmoor Wood, off Pendle Rd, over 300 trees and hedgerow plants were added to fill out an area of land that had been identified suitable for additional planting. The established trees are now part of a three-year plan to help them thrive.
Clitheroe Rotary Woods was established recently by a group of green-fingered Clitheroe Rotarians wanting to do something positive for the town and the climate – with the intention that this would be the first of many woods and potentially a community orchard in and around Clitheroe.
‘The weekend’s planting was successful with over 5 entirely separate teams of family or individual bubbles volunteering over the two days –– getting involved digging, planting and supporting young saplings. It was all carried out under socially-distant conditions and we are delighted with how it all went. We are looking forward to seeing how our new trees establish themselves over the coming months and contribute to the landscape on Highmoor.’
‘Now we have got our first wood planted up and learnt how best to manage the project, we will work on maintenance plans and identifying locations for future sites,’ said Andy Belcham, Chair of Clitheroe Rotary Woods. ‘We started off small with the view to understanding how to co-ordinate the Clitheroe Rotary Woods project and learn. We are now more confident of taking on our next project in Spring when we take our next delivery of trees.’
‘We are hugely appreciative for the donation of our trees and hedgerow plants and on behalf of Clitheroe Rotary Woods I would like to thank The Conservation Volunteers for kindly donating the plants: English Oak, Common Alder, Beech, Silver Birch, Blackthorn, Hawthorn, Common Dogwood, Goat Willow and Dog Rose – along with supporting canes and rabbit guards.’
‘We are in this for the long-haul,’ concluded Andy. ‘Our volunteers came from far and wide as people who wanted to do something positive for the climate, the community and just get involved. Clitheroe Rotary is delighted to be simply a facilitator – our goal is to harness this community spirit and maintain a strong, motivated network of people we can call on as our Clitheroe Rotary Woods project grows.’