Scouts partner up for planting

Members of Thorner Scout group marked National Tree Week by planting trees alongside Thorner's Victory Hall.
Members of Thorner Scout group marked National Tree Week by planting trees alongside Thorner's Victory Hall.
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Thorner Scout Group and Thorner Parish Council teamed up in a tree planting project to mark National Tree Week last weekend.

With the aid of a grant from the Tree Council, the lead UK tree campaigning organisation, Scouts, Cubs and Beavers, with some of their parents and leaders, joined forces with the parish council’s Green Team to plant 21 trees on land adjacent to the Thorner’s Village Hall.

The trees – beech, hornbeam and rowan – will provide an attractive feature and shade on an area used as a community open space.

Thorner Scout leader Dave Wells said: “Our members were really keen to get involved with this project that has a lasting benefit for the village.”

Coun Dave Ramsey, who heads up the Green Team, said: “ We’re grateful to the Tree Council for making this grant available, and we really enjoyed having the Scouts working with us. With the combined effort of the parish council, the Scouts, the Victory Hall committee and the tree suppliers Thorpe Trees of Thorpe Underwood this was a real partnership effort.”

The Thorner partnership is one of 40 schools and Community Groups across the country to share grants totalling more than £30,000. The Tree Council makes grants available to community groups to help remind everyone how each and every tree can make a difference to our environment.

Director of the Tree Council Pauline Buchanan Black said: “The Thorner project was an important part of a much bigger picture, for 2011 is the International Year of Forests, celebrating forests for people.

“The trees planted in Thorner will benefit people, biodiversity and wildlife and will be appreciated long after the current generation of children have grown up.”

The Tree Council was founded in 1974 to promote the improvement of the environment by planting and conserving trees and woods in towns and the countryside.