Network coordinator details:
Roger Parkinson

About the network:

The group has carried out numerous successful projects since its formation in 2007. These include planting a 300m native hedgerow at Secker Heath SSSI, planting 1500 native trees on a clear-felled PAWS at Haw Park Wood and a long term project at Newmillerdam Country Park where a wonderful Arboretum has been established. The Arboretum has been set up to help make people more aware of the wide variety of trees that can be grown in this country and admire their beauty through the seasons. The focus has been on improved access and education with a good level footpath through a Bluebell Wood for people with mobility problems and Tree ID signs on over 100 specimens in the arboretum. Included is a Tree Council – Diamond Jubilee Tree which is doing well alongside over 112 other types of tree in the collection. This has seen the numbers of people exploring the Arboretum and surrounding woodland increase.

To help meet this need we have improved footpaths, bench seats and cycle routes .We work closely with Wakefield Council and numerous community groups, businesses and organisations to ensure that as many people as possible in the district can engage with tree planting and woodland improvements.

We have planted over 4000 trees to create a 750 mtr native hedgerow outside the fence of a busy railway line. This has re-established a valuable Green Corridor for wildlife and helped to keep children off the tracks. To complete this we worked in close partnership with Network Rail, Wakefield Council and local schools / community groups to carry out this community tree planting which started in National Tree Week.

We work with Wakefield’s Inter Faith Group to arrange the annual tree planting and this is coming up to its tenth year. Faith Week runs very near to National Tree Week. It’s a good opportunity for different faiths to come together and learn how trees feature and gain a better understanding of what unites us…

Our new tree nursery is a success in providing a healthy stock of small trees. We restock it ready for the start of the planting season, November. It has become a local hub of support for other groups who need support and advice about tree planting.

A very good example is The First World War Centenary Memorial Woodland at Featherstone. We worked closely with Featherstone Town Council to help create the site which remembers the 363 men who did not return to that area after the war. It has been so well received by the community and now it features a sculpture of a large War Horse which overlooks the site.

Talks are available to schools and community groups by contacting Roger Parkinson. All funds raised go to support further tree planting.

Due to current Covid restrictions, many of our group activities are on hold but we are continuing to plan for future tree planting.

To date we have supported the planting of more than 55,000 trees in the district and the current planning should see that number doubled over the next few years. We have restored and replaced over 200 bench seats, made and fitted more than 400 bird and hedgehog boxes. Last winter we engaged more than 3000 individuals at talks and tree planting projects.

Thank you to all those who have supported these projects and long may it continue.

If you would like to be involved then please get in touch.


Roger Parkinson BEM

Chairman Tree Wardens Wakefield


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