Persimmon helps launch new community woodland
20 December 2012
A new community woodland has started to take shape after local residents were joined by parish councillors and businesses to create the district’s largest new public woodland.The tree planting day, which launched the Three Hagges Jubilee Wood at Escrick Park Estate, took place on Sunday, 2nd December and saw nearly 60 supporters plant in the region of 300 young trees.
The first tree, a seedling from an ancient oak, was planted by the project’s main sponsor, Persimmon Homes Yorkshire, and started the transformation of nine hectares of formerly arable land into an ancient woodland, for the benefit of the public.
Ian Reynolds, Escrick Parish Councillor and Selby District Councillor and his wife were there, and Brian Keen, Riccall Parish Councillor and Vicky Cumberland, Clerk to Escrick Parish Council.
Rosalind Forbes Adam, wife of estate owner Charles, and her son Beilby, 25, who have designed and masterminded the wood, were delighted with the response from the local community including Hollicarrs Close and Hollicarrs Holiday Park.
She said, “We are very encouraged by the success of our first planting day. Our goal is to create a beautiful woodland for the community to enjoy which will feature grassy glades and meandering pathways. We have selected a wide range of native wild flowers and grasses to help attract a diverse collection of wildlife.
“By the end of next year we plan to have planted over 10,000 trees and we very much appreciated that Kevin Thubron from Persimmon Homes Yorkshire agreed to make the first dig. His support has been invaluable in helping to launch the project.”
Kevin, sales director from Persimmon Homes Yorkshire, added: “I was honoured to be part of this exciting new project. We are currently building new homes in the Selby area and throughout the Yorkshire region and continually look at schemes that will benefit our residents as well as help create a pleasant environment in which to live.”
The Three Hagges Jubilee Wood is being planted in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and is being set up as a not-for-profit enterprise, with assistance from the Forestry Commission and the Woodland Trust.
The Estate team are charting the woodland’s progress and ways in which the community can support it on a new website.