Tree-mendous effort at West End Park

west end park tree planting'Tree planting gets underway.
west end park tree planting'Tree planting gets underway.

MORE than 200 people planted more than 400 trees and 200 bulbs in West End Park on Saturday.

The event, organised by the Friends of West End Park, brought together volunteers from the community, Cleckheaton Rotary Club, the 9th Spen Valley Scouts and Whitcliffe Mount School as well as families who came to enjoy the park and have the opportunity to plant their own trees.

The trees, which were donated by the Woodland Trust, were planted along the path which runs round three sides of the park.

Once they develop, they will provide cover and colour and will attract an array of wildlife.

The aim is to create a beautiful woodland-style path around the park.

As well as the tree planting, work was carried out to prepare an area which will eventually become a picnic site behind the playground.

Weeds and other debris were cleared from along the wall bordering Park View before the area was covered with a special membrane and bark chippings.

Chairman of the Friends group Martin Webster said: “A special mention must go to Mohammed from Crow Nest Park, our last-minute substitute park warden who rolled up his high-viz jacket sleeves and got involved in every aspect of the day, from showing kids how to plant to clearing the proposed picnic area.

“That was definitely the largest physical task we took on, driven by Andrew Green and his friends, together with the gentlemen of Cleckheaton Rotary.

“It was amazing to see the curving space emerge from the tangled undergrowth.

“The day was a great success and, on behalf of the Friends of the park, I would like to say a huge thank you to all who gave up their time to come along and help out.”