Hundreds of trees planted at York woodland

Volunteers from across the county came together as part of a project to create the district’s largest new public woodland near York.

Volunteers help plant a hedge at the Three Hagges Jubilee Wood. Pic: Mike Cowling.

Around 400 trees were planted during a day involving the community at Three Hagges Jubilee Wood on the Escrick Park Estate.

Rosalind Forbes Adam, chairman of the Hagge Woods Trust, who has designed and master-minded the 22-acre wood with her son Beilby, said: “We were absolutely delighted with the progress we made over the weekend, planting the hedge of around 400 trees around the car park and nursery beds.

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“Larger deciduous trees such as oak birch, cherry and crab were combined with hazel, viburnum, euonymus and other shrubby species and are designed to form a tall hedge.”

Volunteer planters included local solicitor Helen Mellors of Open Law Solicitors, Escrick builder Mike Luscombe, Jackie Ashcroft who also works for Skipwith National Nature Reserve and local farmer John Ellwood who has twice cut and baled the meadow at the woodland this year.

Project manager, Lin Hawthorne, added: “The car park has been strewn with green hay from the meadow at Three Hagges Jubilee Wood and the nursery beds, which have been funded by Bettys, are full of wildflower seedlings, growing from seed I have collected locally from hedgerows. A larger variety of flower species will provide food for and therefore attract a greater number of species of insect and pollinator to the site.”