WDH has worked in partnership with Kettlethorpe Nature Action Group and residents to plant 1,500 trees on WDH land in Kettlethorpe. The project, called Hendal Lane Community Plantation, forms part of the White Rose Forest initiative that aims to work with communities and land owners to plant trees where they are needed the most.
Planting more trees has a positive impact on the environment by helping to reduce air and noise pollution as well as encourage more wildlife. Access to green spaces and the outdoors can also bring communities together, improving physical and mental wellbeing and helping us reconnect with nature.
Despite poor weather conditions. tree planters of all ages turned up and had lots of fun helping to transform their local area into a green space for the whole community to enjoy. People involved in the planting will be able to see the tree saplings grow tall, knowing they played a part in creating a greener space for their community.
Sven Whiteley-Mclean, Tree Surveryor at WDH, said:
“Green spaces are so important when it comes to creating better places to live, which is why the Hendal Lane Community Plantation will benefit the whole community. Not only will it have a positive impact on the environment and biodiversity of the area, but green spaces are known to help to boost people’s mental and physical health, improve air quality and help to reduce traffic noise. It was great to see so many enthusiastic young people and their families taking part, who will be able to enjoy the trees they planted for years to come.
Helen Cox, Kettlethorpe Nature Action Group, said: “The project will have lasting benefits for residents; both animals and human beings. The plantation will offer more habitat for a wider range of creatures, more shade, more privacy for neighbouring houses, and naturally cleaner air as the growing trees consume greenhouse gases and release oxygen. It's win-win all round!”
For more information on how WDH is becoming a more sustainable organisation, read Our commitment to sustainability.