MEMBERS of Spen Valley Civic Society are getting ready for the next stages of their community woodland project.
The group has received thousands of pounds in funding for the Jo Cox Community Wood, which is being built on disused land off Quaker Lane in Liversedge.
The site, behind Liversedge Football Club and adjacent to the Spen Valley Greenway, has already had new fences, paths and gates, picnic tables and benches installed.
Now it’s time to start planting trees and hedges in a bid to finish the woodland by 2020.
Pupils from High Bank Junior, Infant and Nursery School recently got to plant the first tree – and the society is calling on other volunteers to help install 150 trees throughout the site.
Part of the woodland will be turned into a small orchard in memory of civic society member John Appleyard, who died earlier this year and had helped with the project.
Treasurer Colin Berry said: “John spent many hours supporting community groups in the Spen Valley, so it is very fitting that we honour his memory by planting an orchard that will give local people apples and pears.”
The society is hosting a day of action on Sunday, November 24 (from 12.30pm), when volunteers are needed to plant trees.
Secretary Erica Amende said: “Wear strong boots or wellies, warm old clothes and gloves. If you can, bring a spade. We’ll provide refreshments.
“We are so grateful to all the people who’ve already given their time and we look forward to seeing familiar faces and new faces on November 24.”
Anyone wanting to help should meet at the site from 12.30pm. It can be accessed via Quaker Lane, off Hightown Road, or from the Spen Valley Greenway near to the metal sheep sculptures.
Children need to be accompanied by an adult.
For more information, ring 01274 875262.