Volunteers hedge their bets to improve the woods

Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton plants a tree with BTCV members, including senior field project officer John Thompson (fourth left), and the organisation's chief executive Tom Flood (second left) at Shaw Wood, Armthorpe.
Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton plants a tree with BTCV members, including senior field project officer John Thompson (fourth left), and the organisation's chief executive Tom Flood (second left) at Shaw Wood, Armthorpe.
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DONCASTER Central MP Rosie Winterton mucked in with volunteers from an environmental charity to plant hedges in ancient woodland in Armthorpe.

She joined the team from the Doncaster based British Trust for Conservation Volunteers planting hedges at Shaw Wood, a 28-hectare broad-leaved woodland which was first recorded as a wooded site over seven centuries ago.

In recent years Shaw Wood has suffered from neglect but now, under the ownership of Armthorpe Parish Council and Doncaster Council, it is starting to thrive again.

Ms Winterton said: “I’m delighted to join BTCV’s Carbon Army and get stuck into some environmental conservation at Shaw Wood. It’s easy to feel helpless when it comes to global problems like climate change and it’s hard to know how we can make a difference as individuals.

“But taking collective local action can make a difference and BTCV’s Carbon Army is visible proof that local communities can play a part in tackling climate change.”