Hundreds of trees to ‘green’ old colliery site

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A NEW memorial woodland has been planted near the old Askern pit site with help from charity the Woodland Trust.

The 3.5 acre site at Warren House Park was planted with 750 native trees under the MOREwoods programme.

Matthew Guest, Nicki Pearson, Catherine Khamis and numerous volunteers from Doncaster Green Gym planted the trees on the site, which is owned by the Land Trust at Askern.

The aim is to create a diverse habitat of scrubland and provide a quiet place where visitors can go to remember those who have died.

“This was planted by members of the local community and staff from Doncaster Council to create a pleasant and peaceful place where they can remember their loved ones or colleagues,” said Matthew.

“The grant also allowed for a small avenue of more formal planting to create much-needed shade along the footpaths during the summer months.

“We were able to plant a larger area of land with groups of varying shrubs interspersed with different trees.

“This will create a mosaic of scrubland habitat and provide a good deal of shelter, food and nesting opportunities for a wide range of wildlife.

“The land will provide children with the chance to explore and get closer to nature for years to come.”

The Woodland Trust is helping and encouraging people to plant trees with the overall aim of doubling woodland cover.

Just 7.4 per cent of South Yorkshire is covered by woodland.

As part of its campaign More Trees, More Good, the charity is aiming to plant millions of trees.