February 27, 2022

Bradford Bronte and Bradford West Rotary Clubs Tree Planting with Partners

A fine example of partnership working in our Rotary District of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

Enthusiastic children and parents from Harden Primary School came along on Saturday 12th February to plant 500 trees in a field in Harden.   Caroline Hall, Assistant Head Teacher at Harden Primary was delighted with the turnout and said "Thank you all so much for your amazing efforts on Saturday and also in the build-up - what a great day.  Harden was very proud to be part of the tree planting, and this is complimenting the work of their newly formed Eco Schools Committee. The children are really excited to see the results of their labours with regular visits back to the field.”

The children thought it worthwhile and commented, “Even though it was cold and wet, I had great fun planting the trees and I can’t wait to visit them to see them grow.” Livvy

“I enjoyed tree planting because it made me feel like I was doing my part by helping the environment. I really had fun planting and I’m glad I could do it as it was an incredible experience. I hope I remember which tree I planted when we go back to visit!”   Connie

After a conversation about fossil fuels, carbon, oxygen and trees, Rory would like to plant a tree “every day forever”.

We were delighted to welcome Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Zulfi Karim and his wife Saira Ali.  Zulfi in this role acts as a representative of the Queen and we are planting the trees as part of the Queen's Green Canopy project https://queensgreencanopy.org/  

Zulfi got stuck in by planting his own oak tree and led a session showing the children how to successfully plant their trees

Rotary Clubs including Bradford Bronte and Bradford West partnered with https://yorgreencic.org.uk/ who support communities to create and manage green space and meet future demands through multi-functional land use, and Harden Primary School to make this event happen. We thank the land owner and Stephen Smith's Garden Centre for enabling a steady stream of parents with children to park their cars so they could access the site more easily.

Thanks everyone for the effort you put into this. The next planting day is on Saturday 26th March planting at the same site. Wilsden Primary School and BEES (Bradford Environmental Education Services) will help us plant the final 500 trees, bringing the total on site to 2,000.  

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