Volunteers were fortified by warm mince pies as they planted four new copses in a suburban field.

The tree planting took place on land owned by  Upton by Chester and District Parish Council  known as Marl Heys off Dukesway, Upton.

The parish council was successful in an application for a pack of 105 saplings from the  Woodland Trust for use in a community tree  planting project.

Tree planters in Upton get stuck in
Tree planters in Upton get stuck in
 

Along with parish councillors and the clerk,  young people and staff from Upton High school  and an assortment of Brownies, Guides, Cubs  and Scouts were invited along to help with  planting the trees.

On the day a team from Cheshire West and  Chester’s grounds maintenance department attended to offer advice and practical help with  planting the saplings.

Also on hand were staff from the local Spar shop, who not only planted trees but kindly  provided warm sausage rolls, mince pies and  fruit juice.

The trees were planted in four copses in the  corners of the field.

The parish council hopes that in time this will  enhance the appearance of the area and add to  the natural environment.

Saplings being planted in Upton
Saplings being planted in Upton