Groups ready for new project launch

MORE than 700 trees will be planted at the launch of a new project this weekend.

The Transition Trees project will get underway at the new Blackshaw Head community allotment and orchard site at Moss Hall Farm, Long Causeway, on Sunday with the planting of a shelter belt of 730 trees.

Transition Town’s Working Woodlands Group, Blackshaw Head Optimistic Gardeners and the Blackshaw Head Environmental Action Team are working in partnership with Hebden Royd Town Council to deliver the project, which encourages people in local communities to plant and care for trees.

The project has received funding from numerous groups.

Planting will continue through March and April with schools from the Hebden Royd and Halifax areas getting involved as part of Treesponsibility’s Access to Nature programme.

To take part in the planting on Sunday, contact Treesponsibility on 07847 815926. Free home-made soup and hot drinks are provided for volunteers. All welcome.

On Saturday February 25, Calder Local Orchard Group will host a grafting workshop at Blackshaw Head Chapel to prepare the apple trees for the orchard. These will stay in a nursery area on site while the shelter belt establishes itself before being planted into their permanent positions.