More than 1,000 trees have been planted in Huncoat during an activity day. Around 100 volunteers, including school children, visited Spout House Wood last month to plant the trees and install tree guards.
It is the first phase of a £28,000 scheme to create a new community woodland and will see more than 7,000 trees planted. Improvements will also be made to paths, entrances and signage.
Roy Chetham, chairman of Huncoat Community Forum, said everybody is ‘ very pleased’ with the scheme so far.
He said: “The first phase is now completed and the funding will be finalised for phase two, which involves taking out some fences and wires which are dangerous and installing new paths and gates.
“I think we are all a bit shocked at the moment at the appearance of the tree guards as they are quite striking and can be seen for miles.
“We all realise they are necessary in order to give the trees the chance to strengthen and grow.”
Roy said the new trees will help to prevent future development on the land. He said: “Sometimes not everybody wants to see trees because they can spoil a view.
“We are pleased to see the trees here as it keeps it a green countryside instead of being covered with new houses or industrial developments.”