Tree-mendous challenge by local pupils
Green-fingered youngsters swapped their school shoes for wellies as they helped to plant more than 200 trees.
Armed with spades, children enjoyed the glorious sunshine while planting the trees to commemorate the First World War and 90 years since the Girlguide Movement took over Waddow Hall.
The ceremony was a show of support for Rotary initiative to plant 1.2 million trees worldwide.
Clitheroe Rotary decided to involve young people to help promote the value of protecting the environment.
A spokesman said: “A wide selection of native trees was planted including oaks, hazel, hornbeams, silver birch, beech and rowans. Our first planting was before the Easter holidays with the children of Year’s 4 and 5 of Moorland School, Clitheroe, who helped Rotarians plant 72 trees altogether in a new copse, to commemorate the centenary of end of the First World War and an avenue of silver birch by the footpath.
“The children were very enthusiastic and keen to plant and look after the trees.”
He added: “After the cold snow weather, the sun was shining at Waddow Hall and the youngsters planted 130 trees to commemorate the First World War and 90 years since the Girlguide movement took over Waddow Hall.
“lt was a great success with Rotarians supported by a large turnout of Rainbows, Beavers, Brownies and Guides from groups within the Ribble Valley Division as well as Brownies from Wallasey who were camping at Waddow.
“Everyone planted a tree. Afternoon tea was served following the hard work. Rotary hopes to plant more trees next year when suitable sites are identified.”
President Riseley challenged each rotary club to plant one tree for each club member in the period July 1st, 2017 to Earth Day on April 22nd, 2018.
He hopes that the benefits of Rotary’s tree planting will be greater than just environmental, and that the greater result will be a Rotary that recognises their responsibility to not only to the people on our planet, but to the planet itself.