Pupils plant new trees in Sheffield woodland project

From left, Sam Le Page, Billy Craig and Lyn Tonks, from Lowedges Primary School, planting trees in Greenhill Park. Picture: Andrew Roe.
From left, Sam Le Page, Billy Craig and Lyn Tonks, from Lowedges Primary School, planting trees in Greenhill Park. Picture: Andrew Roe.
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Youngsters dug deep to kick start the creation of a new wooded area of more than 2,000 trees at a Sheffield park.

The pupils helped to bed in the first of the trees to be planted at the Greenhill Park in Lowedges.

It is part of a Sheffield Council project to create 17 new woodlands across the city using 50,000 new trees.

Coun Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure, said: “It is heartening to see children getting involved with this ambitious woodland creation project, which is further proof of our commitment to enhancing the landscape and environment of our city as much as we possibly can.”

New woodlands are also to be created at: Acres Hill in Darnall; Parson Cross Park; Black Bank open space in Norfolk Park; East Park fields and Flockton Park in Woodhouse; Hollinsend’s Jaunty Park; Longley Park; Manor Laith Road green space and Manor playing fields, Manor; Skye Edge open space; Ochre Dyke playing fields, Owlthorpe; Richmond Heights; and High Green’s Westwood Country Park.

In Greenhill, the trees are being planted away from the park’s open area.

Trees were first planted at the park by the council 28 years ago.

In 1993, community group Roots N Shoots asked for permission to plant other trees and a woodland area was created.

More than 2,200 trees will now be planted there to create nearly a hectare of new woodland habitat.

Harry Hunter, from the Friends of Greenhill Park, said: “Our group has supported the various tree planting initiatives since the group was formed in 2003.”