Sea Scouts disembark at Thornley

Anne Porter Heart of Durham, News, Uncategorized

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Darlington Sea Scouts help to replant Thornley Wood, Tow Law

It may be far from the sea, but the Darlington Sea Scouts are not averse to spending time on dry land and will turn their hands to most things, especially if it means getting out into the countryside, getting dirty and helping conservation in the process.

On a dry and occasionally sunny Saturday on the 4th of February a team of twelve youngsters and three leaders from Darlington Sea Scouts found their way to Thornley Woods to contribute to the planting of 1,100 trees in an effort to make Thornley Wood a wood again.

Durham Wildlife Trust’s Heart of Durham Project and Wolsingham Parish Council are working in partnership to restore Thornley Wood. Community groups, including local Scout and Beaver groups have been invited to help in the planting of 1,100 broad-leaved trees. At the end of January, Tow Law Millennium School walked from their school grounds, a mile away, to lend their support for the morning. Later this month the Eco Warriors from Wolsingham School will be out in force to carry on the planting

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Tubes and stakes mark the position for the trees


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The first tree is planted and staked

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The children take a rest and from the morning’s work

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A welcome hot potato

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Izzy with her 6th tree

Thank you to the Darlington Sea Scouts and leaders, Anthony and Russell. 107 trees were planted which is a wonderful day’s work. Thank you to Wolsingham Parish Council who provided the potatoes for the lunch and which were expertly cooked by the volunteers.

Anne Porter

Anne Porter initially joined the Heart of Durham project as a volunteer, helping to carry out adder surveys on an 8-week placement as part of a post-graduate degree in Environmental Management. Anne’s dedication and enthusiasm for her work continues to inspire people of all ages to get involved nature conservation.