Girls celebrate ‘treemendous’ anniversary

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GIRL GUIDING’S 100th anniversary has been marked in Scarborough with a Centenary Copse.

Dozens of Guides, Brownies and Rainbows from the Scarborough West Division spent the day planting trees in Forge Valley in an area specially dedicated to the group for their copse.

Thirty Oak, Ash and Rowan Trees were planted on Sunday morning by the girls, who had bought the plants from Wykeham Mature Plants.

Lady Downe, who is a Girlguiding County vice president, was also on hand to officially unveil the plaque to the copse, accompanied by Mary Walker, North Yorkshire North East county president.

Janet Wilson, Scarborough West Division’s commissioner said: “I would like to express our thanks to Lady Downe, Wykeham Mature Plants, Scarborough Council, especially Alan Tomlinson the Parks and Countryside officer for all his help and guidance, and to the Friends of Raincliffe Woods and the Conservation Volunteers who assisted the girls with the planting.

“May they still be standing strong and true for the next 100 years.“

The girls had planned to plant the tree in November as the Girlguiding’s centenary year celebrations finished in October, however because of the snow it had to be postponed.