We’re gearing up for National Tree Week (Nov 29-Dec7) at William Jackson Food Group and getting ready to plant another 7,000 trees in Hull as part of our Bicentennial Tree Project.
We started the project in March 2013 with the aim of planting 200,000 trees in Hull by our 200th anniversary in 2051. So far 9,000 trees have been planted and by the end of next week, weather allowing, we’re hoping this will be 16,000.
The idea for the project came from young people in the city who said they wanted Hull to be a greener place.
We have several partner organisations in the city which are supporting our efforts. Hull City Council has kindly allowed us to plant trees on patches of their land and Mires Beck plant nursery at North Cave is growing trees for the project. We are always on the lookout for volunteers and to date we have had some great support from our own colleagues at Aunt Bessie’s and Jackson’s Bakery in Hull, as well as the council, Heywoods, TCV, ARCO, Yorkshire Bank, pupils from Victoria Dock School in Hull and former High Sheriff of the East Riding of Yorkshire, Stephen Larard
Next week our helpers include colleagues from Jackson’s Bakery, Aunt Bessie’s, Arco, Yorkshire Bank, St Stephen’s Shopping Centre and Newlands St John’s Primary School, and they will be planting on sites around Pickering Park in Hull on Tuesday, December 2, Kesteven Way in Hull on Wednesday, December 3, and Oak Road in Hull on Thursday, December 4.
Fingers crossed for good weather!
To find out more visit our Bicentennial Tree Project website at www.wjfgtreeproject.co.uk.
Pictured planting trees in March 2013 are our colleagues Angie and Sharon from Aunt Bessie’s.