Harrogate and Knaresborough MP, Andrew Jones, planted the Pinewood Conservation Group’s Jubilee Tree on Saturday. The tree – an English oak – is a tribute to the reign of Her Majesty the Queen.
The tree-planting ceremony marked the start of the Pinewood’s open day which saw activities and stalls in the popular Harrogate beauty spot including tree climbing, face painting and a bouncy castle.
It is a great honour to be asked to plant a tree to mark the Queens Diamond Jubilee – more so because it is in the Pinewoods which hold a special place in our community. The Conservation Group do a remarkable job in encouraging wildlife to use the Pinewoods with bat and bird boxes and regular work to promote biodiversity.
Having volunteered at the Pinewoods previously I know that the work is rewarding – both personally and to the wider community. It also provides amazing insights into our natural habitat.
Michelle Whitfield-Speed, Secretary for the Conservation Group, helped to organise the open day.
It was a very successful day and it was kind of our MP to give up his time to support us again.
Throughout the day we saw many people enjoy the events the Group had organised and I am hoping that many more volunteers will come forward to help care for and improve the Pinewoods.