Planting for future of Knaresborough

Planting out the trees are from left: Chris Darbyshire, Ron Jackson, Andrew Willoughby, John Brown, Pat Tankard, David Tankard and Malcolm Newlyn

FROM Andrew Willoughby. Knaresborough in Bloom

UTILISING an RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) offer of free trees, Knaresborough in Bloom recently received 420 small trees consisting of six different species chosen to attract birds.
The Knaresborough Nidd Gorge Conservation Group then used their funds to buy 70 more trees - eight different species, and their volunteers have now planted all of these on the edges of fields near Fox Wood. This land is owned by Harrogate Borough Council and used to be part of Conyngham Hall Farm.
Over the coming years, these trees will grow and improve the area while retaining large open spaces. Some of the trees have a life of less than 100 years, but the beech trees can last longer and the oak trees can live for over 1,000 years.
The trees planted are Hawthorn. Hazel. Birch, Rowan, Oak, Blackthorn, Beech, Hornbeam, Alder, Field Maple, Bird Cherry. Horse Chestnut, Crab Apple and Scots Pine.
Thank you to all those who helped plant them out.