Friends of Tawd Valley holding tree planting event

Friends of Tawd Valley holding tree planting event

by Henry James (November 2019)

TO coincide with the Woodland Trust’s Tree Charter Day, an annual celebration of woods, trees and people, the Friends of Tawd Valley are holding a tree planting event in the Tawd Valley Park. 

The Woodland Trust campaign ‘The Big Climate Fightback’ aims to get a million people pledging to plant trees and the Skelmersdale group are hoping the people of the town will help them plant 900 saplings on this day. 

A spokesperson for the Friends of Tawd Valley said: “With support from the Countryside Rangers and Friends of Tawd Valley volunteers we aim to plant a 150 metre hedgeline alongside the path leaving Mill Lane down to the fishing pond. 

“Once established this hedge will be a very beneficial wildlife habitat sheltering and feeding a host of creatures and of course absorbing carbon. To plant a bare root sapling we are requesting a minimum donation of £1 per sapling. All proceeds will support the purchase of the trees and the ongoing work of The Friends of Tawd Valley.

“We will be operating, on site just above the Mill Lane underpass, on Glenburn Road from 10am to 2.30pm on Saturday, November 30.” 

All necessary equipment will be supplied and there will be hot drinks and refreshments available to buy. Warm clothing and boots or wellies are advised.

There is no vehicular access to the site so the group are urging residents to enjoy a short walk from the Town Centre car parks with access to Mill Lane bridge (over the Tawd) from Inglewhite, Inskip or Irwell. From the bridge it is a short uphill walk to the planting site. 

Alternatively people can park on Mill Lane/Thornbury and approach via the underpass. Drivers are being asked to park responsibly and with consideration for others. 

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