Here's why 2,000 trees will be planted in Scarborough this week

Two thousand trees are to be planted in the borough to mark National Tree Week.

Monday, 25th November 2019, 9:57 am
Updated Monday, 25th November 2019, 10:07 am
2,000 trees are to be planted in Scarborough this week.

These will be planted at the Dell in Eastfield on Saturday 30 November.

Scarborough Borough Council, which is behind the initiative, is inviting people to join in and do their bit for the environment between 10am and 1pm.

All volunteers should dress warmly and wear sturdy footwear as the ground may be muddy underfoot. Equipment and trees for planting will be provided. Access to the Dell will be from Westway.

The council recommends that any volunteers living too far away to walk to the event, travel by public transport if they can, or parking will be available at the nearby car park off High Street.

The 2,000 trees to be planted include birch, hazel, alder, small leaved lime, field maple, rowan, apple, spindle, wild cherry, hawthorn, holly, grey willow, buckthorn, dog rose, common dogwood, and alder buckthorn. The tree species will enhance the biodiversity of the existing woodland network and provide an important food sources for birds and pollinating insects such as Alder Buckthorn, which is the food plant of the Brimstone Butterfly.

Paul Thompson, Scarborough Borough Council Operations Transport and Countryside Manager, said: “National Tree Week is an annual event that has been held in the UK since 1975 to promote the start of the tree planting season and now, at a time when more trees are needed to help reduce UK carbon emissions and tackle climate change, it’s the perfect opportunity for communities to come together to plant trees.”

Children from George Pindar School will be helping Scarborough Conservation Volunteers plant trees at the Dell on November 27, 90 children from Overdale Primary School will join in on November 28 and Braeburn School’s newly elected School Council will do their bit on the morning of November 29.

National Tree Week takes place this year from November 23 to December 1.