Grow Back Greener with The Green Estate

With help from South Yorkshire Woodland Partnership and the Woodland Trust, local volunteers are busy creating new urban woodlands for local people to enjoy.

Volunteers from the Friends of Manor Fields Park plus the Thursday Volunteers, trainees from Grow UK and staff from The Green Estate Community Interest Company have been working hard over the last few weeks getting trees planted at two of their sites in an effort to improve the parks for wildlife habitat and local people to enjoy.

Thanks to funding from the Woodland Trust’s Growback Greener scheme the Manor Fields and Manor Lodge parks have been a hive of tree planting activity over recent weeks. The project was initiated by The Green Estate with South Yorkshire Woodland Partnership helping throughout and ensuring a design that was sensitive to the existing park setting which included native tree and shrub species that should thrive  now and into the future.

Jayne Rotheram, the Growing Communities Ranger for The Green Estate said:

It’s wonderful to be planting another generation of trees on Manor Fields. Bob, one of our long-term volunteers, remembers planting several groups when the park was still being created over 10 years ago. These are now thriving and over 20ft tall so it’s great to see some of our younger team members start the cycle all over again. We take pride in caring for them and enjoy watching them grow and change through the seasons as they become part of the landscape.

The project with The Green Estate is one of a number of schemes that the South Yorkshire Woodland Partnership have helped with, as part of a project funded by the Trees Call to Action Fund. The aim of the scheme is to increase woodland cover across the region, working towards an overall target of 12% cover by 2050.

Now with the 23/24 planting season coming to an end, the team are seeking projects to develop for future planting seasons. South Yorkshire Woodland Partnership can help any landowner interested in creating woodland on their land.  If you are interested in how we can help you create woodlands for free, please feel free to get in touch.

The team work throughout South Yorkshire, including Doncaster and Barnsley as well as Sheffield and Rotherham. Discover more about the partnership and woodland creation- visit wildsheffield.com/discover/sy-woodland-creation/ which also has links to contact us, call the team on 0114 2634335 or email on woodlandenquiries@wildsheffield.com.