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800 New Trees Being Planted at Rawcliffe Country Park in York

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7:34am 29th January 2014

800 trees are being planted at Rawcliffe Country Park in York this week.

The land has been identified as part of the Treemendous project launched by a partnership in York in 2011 to make the city greener, healthier, more sustainable and even more attractive.

Councillor Sonja Crisp, City of York Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “We’re very grateful to the TCV and Johnsons for their generous donations of planting expertise and trees. They’ll be planting a little-used area of rough grassland at the country park’s perimeter adjacent to Shipton Road with a beautiful mix of species including hazel, field maple, wild cherry, willow, rowan and crab apple.

“Being saplings planted in winter, they should start to grow steadily when spring arrives, eventually maturing into an attractive flowering and fruiting copse between the highway and park as well as providing valuable cover and food for wildlife.”

Paul Appleton, North Yorkshire and Humber Area Manager for The Conservation Volunteers, said: “The Treemendous project is very grateful for donations either of trees, labour or financial contributions to enhance the treescape in the York area.”

John Richardson, Director at Johnsons of Whixley, said: “As one of the bigger suppliers of trees in the UK, we’re delighted to help enhance this natural and recreational area with trees that are of native origin and are indigenous to the area.”

Work will begin on Tuesday 28 January. To get involved in this or other projects, please contact TCV on 01904 644300.

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