During The Tree Council’s National Tree Week (25th November – 6th December 2009) with the help of children from The Mount school and The Methodist school, Friends of CHaT Parks worked with Wakefield Council to add to the wide variety of trees already in the Parks.
The main planting was on Tuesday 1st December 2009between the Wakefield College Campus and Lowe Hill, above the pitch and putt course.
All the children participated with the planting while receiving insteresting and fun facts on trees and nature from Roger Parkinson, Chairman of Tree Wardens, Wakefield.
On top of this we also received a demonstration on how a tree is cut. Climbing up the tree, cutting branches down but leaving a way to return.
Several trees were also planted in other areas of the three parks by Wakefield Council staff.
The Friends of CHaT Parks were able to do this using a grant from the Tree Council, the UK’s leading tree partnership.
Clarence, Holmfield and Thornes Parks are now benefiting from;
Four trees donated by The Friends of CHaT Parks
An Antarctic Beech, a Fern-Leaved Beech, a Hop Hornbeam and an American White Elm, which is resistant to Elm Disease.
Six trees from Wakefield Council
A Copper Beech, a Walnut, a Tulip Tree, a Narrow-leafed Ash, a “Royal Purple” Smoke Bush and a Yew.
Ten trees donated to CHaT Friends by Barcham’s Tree Nurseries
Five Tibetan Cherries, two Erman’s Birch, a London Plane, a Small-leaved Lime and an Ash (Weshof’s Glorie).
Ian Deighton, Chairman of the Friends Group said “We are pleased that the Friends Group has been able to use some of its own funds to participate in National Tree Week and secure funding from the Tree Council and Wakefield MDC for these fine trees to complement those already on offer in the Parks. We are particularly pleased that local school children have been able to participate in the planting and will receive instruction on trees. While the trees will make an immediate impact, we are constantly aware that we are also developing the Parks not only for today but for future generations to appreciate”.
Roger Parkinson Chairman of Tree Wardens, Wakefield and a member of the Friends Group said “Our community green spaces, like the city parks, are very important to us and it has been wonderful that all the parties involved in this project could come together to do something special for National Tree Week”