A FORESTER has been putting the final touches to his 2,000-tree plantation which was created in honour of scout groups.
Simon Harding of Stapleford, who owns three woodland sites close to the A51 near Tarvin, spent about £2,000 on the saplings planted 18 months ago by scouts as part of their centenary celebrations.
Mr Harding, supported by The Woodland Trust and conservation groups, hopes the plantation will provide a valuable educational tool for schoolchildren and scout groups.
A commemorative wooden stake was planted to signify the importance of the project and the partnership between the Brooms Heath plantation, the Woodland Trust and the Scout Association.
He said: “Eighteen months ago, a local beaver group came and collected acorns which were then planted and have grown into these saplings. In the future we have plans to invite more cubs and scouts to collect their own acorns and continue the process.”
Members of the First Davenham Beavers also buried a time capsule containing items representing their childhood which will be opened in 10 years time.
Tim Kirwin of the Woodland Trust said: “Usually children from schools and youth groups only get to see mature trees and woodland. In this case, they will be able to learn about the lifecycle of the trees and see the starting point of a woodland.”
Tarvin Community Woodland Trust was also represented at the construction of the commemorative stake by members Jim Grogan and John Daines.
Mr Grogan said: “We are here to support Mr Harding in what we think is a cracking project. All these trees will be carbon gobblers which is great.”
The scouts’ centenary trees are on a plot of land on Mr Harding’s larger Brooms Heath plantation currently subject to a planning application appeal with Chester City Council.