Anston group of eco-volunteers give local woodland a new lease of life

Anston Community Woodland Group volunteers
Anston Community Woodland Group volunteers
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A piece of community woodland has been spruced up and given a much needed revamp thanks to a bunch of like-minded eco-volunteers.

On Saturday March 25 the local volunteers from Anston donned their wellies and boots to come together to create an accessible woodland on their doorstep.

The recently formed Anston Community Woodland Group got stuck into creating a vibrant wildlife area after winning a bid with Woodland Trust to buy 105 wild wood trees.

The range of trees included downy birch, hazel, hawthorn, crab apple, holly and rowan. The trees were planted in North Anston at Rackford Meadows, which is community amenity land owned by Anston Parish Council.

Big hearted organiser of the community project, Jonathan Ireland, said “I was overwhelmed by the turnout of more than twenty five people. Everyone who came along showed great enthusiasm. I would like to thank everyone of them for their help to make this a successful morning of tree planting.”

The trees compliment the adjacent Anston Stones Wood, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. This area is the best example of limestones woodland in the Rotherham Borough.

Jonathan added: “We hope to be successful in a further Woodland Trust bid later in the year. This would be for 420 trees for planting in November and would be subject to the approval of the parish council”.