Rotary Club of York launches tree-planting scheme for local babies

This from the York City Council,

“City of York Council is joining forces with the Rotary Club of York – and partners across the city – to launch a new scheme which will see thousands of trees planted across York: one for every child born in the city over the next 12 months.

Every parent registering the birth of their child through York Register Office will be offered the chance to get involved in the scheme at no cost to them. Parents will be asked to send their baby/babies’ names to

A tree will then be planted on land owned by York St John University and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust to commemorate their arrival.

Around 3,000 children are born in York each year and it’s hoped that the majority of parents will want to get involved in the scheme. The trees planted in York are part of 47,000 Rotary UK are aiming to plant across the country over the next 12 months”

Shame that the Council doesn’t manage its existing tree stock on public land with the same enthusiasm.

They also remain stubbornly aloof from the proposal that an avenue of trees be planted on rural Askham Lane to commemorate the end of WW1..

Brian Joscelyne, President of York Rotary, said:- “Trees are a lasting benefit to the environment. We’re delighted to have had such support for this project from so many key players in York.”

Cllr Nigel Ayre, Executive member for culture, leisure and tourism, said: “I’m delighted that the council is able to support the Rotary initiative. It’s a fantastic way for parents to mark the birth of their child and will help to improve the local environment in the city for future generations.”

Land adjacent to the Foss River at York St John University’s Haxby Road Sports Centre will be provided for the tree-planting scheme.

Rob Hickey, Director of Innovation and Growth at York St John University said: “We are very happy to contribute to this fantastic community project over the next year to create a tree-filled woodland area for people to enjoy for hundreds of years to come.”

The Rotary project is being supported by a wide range of organisations across the city, including York Treemendous- The Woodland Trust – Brunswick Nurseries – St John University – York Cares and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust.

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