Jo's wood needs helpers

Jo's wood needs helpers

MEMBERS of the Spen Valley Civic Society are urging volunteers to help them complete the next stages of their community woodland project.

They have secured thousands of pounds in funding for the Jo Cox Community Wood, which is being created on disused land off Quaker Lane in Liversedge.

The site, behind Liversedge Football Club and adjacent to the Spen Valley Greenway, will include new fences, paths and gates, picnic tables, benches, a mini open-air classroom, plus more trees and plants once it’s finished next year.

Erica Amende, secretary of the civic society, says the team are on schedule to finish the initial scrub-clearing work and installation of paths and fences, before they start planting trees, hedges and wildflowers to create the woodland in November.

And they are hosting a community event tomorrow (Saturday) with volunteers invited to help unload 20 tonnes of crushed stone for the newly-laid wheelchair-accessible path.

Ms Amende said: “It has been busy and our members tend to be older, so it’s been quite hard work for some of us to manage the heavy physical labour.

“We wouldn’t have managed without the brilliant volunteers who have already come forward to help with endless amounts of shovelling and digging.

“It’s testament to volunteers and people’s willingness to do this for the community. We’re really pleased because that’s exactly what Jo Cox would have wanted.”

Ms Amende says there has been plenty of positive feedback and Mrs Cox’s family have visited the site, where they’ll be planting a tree in her name.

She said: “It’s going to be an evolving project, we’ve got a lease of 25 years so it’s a long-term investment. 

“We want it to be a benefit for everyone in the Spen Valley. People will have to be patient because it won’t immediately look like a wood!”

Any volunteers wanting to help tomorrow should meet at the site, next to Liversedge Football Club, any time from 9am onwards. It can be accessed via Quaker Lane, off Hightown Road, or from the Spen Valley Greenway near to the metal sheep sculpture.

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