Call for tree-loving volunteers

Planning and Environment
10:37, Friday, 9th July 2021

Volunteers have come together to help care for Scunthorpe’s recently planted Northern Forest trees, part of North Lincolnshire Council’s ambitious plan to plant 172,000 trees – one for every person in the county.

Thousands of trees were planted earlier this year, and the TCV (The Conservation Volunteers) charity have followed that up by maintaining the new saplings.

TCV were heavily involved in the initial planting, along with other groups including charities, businesses and local schools.

This week TCV have been checking on the trees planted off Collinson Avenue in Scunthorpe and are appealing for more volunteers to join them at other sites over the next month.

All the sites are off the Ironstone Walk in Scunthorpe and have a what3words co-ordinate so volunteers can find them easily:

Tree maintenance involves walking around the site to check on the trees, weeding and general tidying up.

No experience is needed and you don’t have to commit to a set time – volunteers can just turn up anytime between 10am and 3pm.

Volunteering is an ideal way to improve skills and boost self-esteem, with the added bonus of helping people connect with nature and feel a valued part of the local community.

If enough people come forward a Friends of the Trees group will be created ready to help out when the Autumn tree-planting season comes round.

For more information visit the TCV website or call them on 01482 620 309.

North Lincolnshire Council’s online tree counter  currently stands at 62,821. It will not rise substantially until the Autumn when the tree-planting season begins again.

Everyone from residents to councils, schools, charities and local businesses have taken part in the planting and registered their trees via the online form on our website.

We will be undertaking a second wave of planting across the region in September, and schools, charities and community groups can apply for tree planting packs for the autumn from The Woodland Trust.

Launched late last year, our ambitious scheme to plant 172,000 trees is part of the council’s wider sustainable, environmental initiatives.

It will help tackle climate change, protect biodiversity and provide a beautiful environment across the towns and countryside of North Lincolnshire for generations to come.