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Monday, 22 December 2014

Scouts lend a hand to plant new trees

MEMBERS of the Duddon Dragon’s Explorer Scouts recently joined forces with the Kirkby Footpaths and Cycleways Group to plant trees in Kirkby as part of the government’s ‘Big Society’ initiative.

Explorer Scouts aged between 14 and 18 helped plant fifty new trees on redundant land adjacent to the A595 in between Marshside and Chapels, close to the new slate sign welcoming visitors to Kirkby.

The trees were provided for the ‘Big Tree Plant’, which is a project funded by the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers and the ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ group as part of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affair’s national tree planting campaign.

The Big Tree Plant was launched in November last year and aimed to plant 100,000 trees across England by the end of March this year.

The campaign is aiming to help support the Big Society by getting more people involved in planting and caring for trees and establishing local community tree projects throughout England. The trees planted in Kirkby were native trees, including silver birch, rowan, cherry, beech and oak.

Craig Anderson, working group leader for the Kirkby Footpaths group, and an Explorer Scout leader for the Dalton-based Scout group, said: “Normally our Explorer Scouts are undertaking lots of exciting activities such as hiking, camping, mountain biking and climbing, but we also place a great emphasis on community work and it is great for the young people to come and give something back to society.”

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