Tree planting is complete

Youngsters volunteering to plant trees at Jonno's Field
Youngsters volunteering to plant trees at Jonno's Field

Hundreds of green-fingered Scarborough residents have dug deep to transform an unused area of land on the Barrowcliff Estate by planting thousands of trees.

More than 500 adults and children from the local community have pulled on their wellies and picked up their spades to plant nearly 9,000 trees on Jonno’s Field and turn the green space into a picturesque woodland area for residents

Organised by Groundwork North Yorkshire, with funding and support from Sanctuary Housing, residents and community partners have contributed more than 700 hours volunteering time to the marathon project which was completed last month.

The final tree to be bedded down was an apple tree, one of 40 fruit trees planted to create an orchard area in the park.

All of the other trees were British native species to encourage local wildlife, such as oak, hazel, birch, cherry, rowan and hawthorn.

Tom Mutton, Groundwork’s local manager, is delighted with the success of the project.

He said: “It was a fantastic turn out and it is great to see how many local people are interested in making their environment an even better place to live, work and socialise.

“We had volunteers from all walks of life – from school pupils and the Girl Guides to local employees and housing associations.

“We can’t thank our partners enough, the organisations involved donated not only their money but also their time to make sure this project was a success.”

As well as brightening the area, which is located at the heart of the Barrowcliff Estate, the project has helped bring together the local community and received further support from partners Yorventure, Scarborough Council, Yorkshire Coast Homes and the Big Tree Plant.

John Hanson, Sanctuary’s head of housing operations for the North, added: “It is wonderful to see so many local volunteers coming together for this project

“Their efforts have helped create an area that will benefit the environment and Barrowcliff community for years to come.”