New orchards planted across Spen Valley.

FUN FOLIAGE: Ophelia Hayes and Holly Oxley decorating a tree for National Tree Week at Whitechapel Primary School.
FUN FOLIAGE: Ophelia Hayes and Holly Oxley decorating a tree for National Tree Week at Whitechapel Primary School.

HUNDREDS of trees are being planted in Spen thanks to an area committee project marking National Tree Week.

The Spen Valley Jubilee Orchards Project sees 11 Spen Valley schools planting a mixture of apple, plum, pear and cherry trees in their grounds with help from Kirklees Council’s Countryside Unit and horticulturists from Paddock Community Trust.

Children from each of the schools are helping with the planting and care of the trees and the orchards will also be used as inspiration for lessons. Sixty saplings were planted at Whitechapel Primary School in Cleckheaton last Saturday.

Headteacher Michelle Bouabida said: “We had a special community event at the start of National Tree Planting Week.

“We were donated trees from Beardsworth’s Nurseries and given 60 saplings from the Woodland Trust.

“Families took part in the event to create a special area to enhance the school environment and provide shelter and shade within the school site.”

Spen Valley Area Committee is funding the planting of the new orchards during National Tree Week this week to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Coun Steve Hall, area committee chairman, said: “The aim is to get children at school to take an active part in the growing of these fruit trees. The fruit when harvested can be washed and eaten, or preserved and maybe sold to buy more trees or vegetables to keep young people interested in growing their own in the future.”

More tree planting pictures next week.