Liversedge Woodland opened in memory of MP Jo Cox
More than 1,000 trees and hedging have been planted between Heckmondwike and Cleckheaton in her former Batley and Spen constituency.
The Spen Valley Civic Society created the woods at former wasteland off Quaker Lane in Liversedge which will also offer outdoor learning for schools.
More than 70 people have sponsored a tree.
Mrs Cox’s parents, Jean and Gordon Leadbeater, attended the opening yesterday along with the Labour politician’s sister, Kim, who now leads the More in Common project. They unveiled an information board about the life and work of Mrs Cox, who was murdered in June 2016, which includes pictures drawn by her children, Cuillin and Lejla.
Ms Leadbeater said: “I cannot think of a more fitting tribute to my sister Jo. She loved nature and the outdoors and the idea of such a beautiful place where people from all backgrounds can come together is something she would have loved.”
The project has been funded by the Biffa Award, which finances eco-friendly community schemes, with extra support from Kirklees Council, the Woodland Trust and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.