Fruity forest takes root as volunteers join planting day

Lots of people dug in to support Incredible Edible Todmorden's NHS forest planting day
Lots of people dug in to support Incredible Edible Todmorden's NHS forest planting day

FRUIT trees have been planted in Todmorden as part of a campaign to create a sustainable NHS forest across West Yorkshire.

Volunteers from Incredible Edible Todmorden and Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) dug in to get the planting project underway.

Todmorden is one of 12 sites identified for tree planting.

YAS is working alongside the NHS forest campaign in order to green NHS sites throughout the country and provide a greener environment for the public and patients across the UK.

Alexis Keech, YAS environmental and sustainability manager, said: “The NHS Forest was set up in 2009 in order to get 1.3 million trees planted, one per employee within the NHS.

“The Yorkshire Ambulance Service have 4,470 employees at the moment so we have a lot of planting to get going on with.”

First TransPennine Express (FTPE) and the Forestry Commission gave YAS a grant which has enabled them to plant 50 trees across the Yorkshire region.

Simon Barber, environmental manager for FTPE, said; “The Green Grants Scheme has helped many worthwhile schemes and it is great to have the opportunity to do this again and enable the communities across our network to benefit.

“We are also looking forward to working with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service and the Forestry Commission and I hope that it will inspire people to make a positive improvement to their local environment.”