Story: Holly Barnes, Community Forestry Development Officer
On Saturday the 12th November members of the Interfaith partnership met local business owners, the Community Forestry team and the Lord Mayor in Ellesmere Park on grass next to St Peter's Church, as part of their joint environmental initiative.
Thanks to funding from the Big Tree Plant and Tinsley Tree Project, volunteers planted an extra heavy standard oak and two birch trees outside the Lyon’s Convenience Store, providing a focus for the unused area at the top entrance to the Ellesmere Park site.
Both species have an esteemed history in Britain and strong folk law; the oak known as a symbol of strength and the silver birch as ‘the lady of the wood’. Native daffodil bulbs were added beneath the trees to give bright spring colour. The three trees will partially replace those that have been removed from the park in recent years.
Thanks to everyone involved.
Community Forestry will also be planting trees on Burngreave Rec. in the coming weeks. Details of the event will be on the Messenger website, and publicised locally.