Hundreds of trees greening up old coal mine

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volunteers have planted 700 trees to create a new woodland in a budding park near Doncaster.

The trees, all native species, have been planted at Warren House Park in Askern, which is owned by the Land Trust and managed by Doncaster Council.

It was created on the site of the former Askern Colliery and Coalite Plant.

Park Ranger Matthew Guest said: “The woodland creates an attractive backdrop to the park and will greatly improve its nature value. However most importantly we couldn’t have done this without a small army of local volunteers who, in their own time, worked very hard to create a woodland that will benefit future generations.”

The trees plus guards and canes worth over £600 were provided through the Woodland Trust MOREwoods scheme.

The MOREwoods scheme was created by the Woodland Trust to increase the amount of native woodland cover in Britain.

Euan Hall, chief executive of the Land Trust, said: “Under the management of Doncaster Council, Warren House Park, despite being relatively new, is really starting to blossom.

“The great work undertaken by Matthew and the volunteers demonstrates what can be achieved when people come together to work for the benefit of the community. The new woodland is a lasting legacy that will be enjoyed by many future generations.”