Roseworth residents will be turning out ‘en masse’ on Saturday 19 March (10am to 3pm) to plant a new woodland for wildlife on their estate. The Tees Valley Wildlife Trust has teamed up with the Roseworth Community Partnership and Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council to create the woodland of 2,500 trees of oak, birch, cherry and field maple. The woodland will be planted in the green space on Rochester Road near the MUGA pitch, and has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The woodland creation day will be a day of celebration. As well as planting trees, people will also be able to take part in wood themed craft activities including woodturning, willow weaving and leaf printing. The award winning Bread and Butter Theatre Company will be entertaining people whilst they plant trees with their comedy performances of two mischievous woodland goblins – Gilbert and Norbert.
The Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees, Councillor Ian Dalgarno, will be having a go at the craft activities as well and planting trees at the event.
In the week leading up to the planting day, the Wildlife Trust will be working with three local schools; Rosebrook Primary School, North Shore Academy and St Gregory’s Academy. Pupils will be visiting the site, planting the first of the trees and then watching a performance from the Bread and Butter Theatre Company about the value of trees for birds and other wildlife.
Sue Antrobus of the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust said: “This new woodland will grow to provide a wooded habitat that will be a rich habitat for birds and other wildlife. It will also provide a place where local people can enjoy wildlife close to where they live”.
Verna Pickering, Chair of Roseworth Residents Association, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to involve residents in making a really attractive natural feature on our estate, I am really pleased that so many people, especially children are getting involved.”
Mayor of Stockton-On-Tees, Councillor Ian Dalgarno, said: “I’m delighted to be invited to be part of this wonderful community project which will see the green space on Rochester Road transformed into a natural woodland habitat perfect for attracting animals, insects, birds, floral and fauna.”