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22nd February 2013

Children from St Wilfrid’s Catholic Primary School in Ripon are helping to plant new trees on a Ripon roadside in a joint venture between Ripon Civic Society and Harrogate Borough Council to mark last year’s Diamond Jubilee.

The Civic Society has been working with Harrogate Borough Council’s arboriculture staff to plant the trees in last year’s and this year’s planting seasons. This year’s campaign will bring the total number of trees planted to 60 – one for each year of the Queen’s reign.

The Society invited the children from St Wilfrid’s to help with the planting on Church Lane, near their school, because they will be able to watch them grow and feel a pride in what they have achieved. David Winpenny, Chairman of Ripon Civic Society, says, ‘Planting trees is a great way to add to the future look of Ripon – and it is children like these keen planters from St Wilfrid’s who will have the responsibility for looking after Ripon as the trees grow to maturity. We’re very grateful to everyone at St Wilfrid’s for helping so enthusiastically and to Paul Casey and his colleagues from Harrogate Borough Council for organising this special planting for the Jubilee.’

The new trees around the city are all standard specimens of native species, and are a mix of lime, oak, beech, hornbeam and alder. There has already been planting on Knaresborough Road, Boroughbridge Road, Kirkby Road and Palace Road, as well as by Ripon Canal and Paddies Park and on Hutton Bank. The latest round of planting has been funded by Ripon Civic Society; the trees planted last year were partially funded from commuted sums – a compulsory contribution given by developers as part of any agreed planning permissions, to help enhance amenity green spaces throughout the district – and from Harrogate Borough Council’s own tree management budgets.

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