Hawthorn bushes at Willow Court

On a wild and bitterly cold February morning, a hardy gathering from Pickering & District Civic Society (P&DCS) and Pickering in Bloom (PIB) assembled to plant two Hawthorn bushes at Willow Court in Pickering.  This is hopefully only the first of a number of trees and shrubs to be planted around the town as a slightly delayed contribution to the Queen's Jubilee celebrations.  Negotiations around potential sites have proved to be surprisingly complex due to landowner and council permissions and finding whether any underground pipes or cables are likely to be affected. Funding came from PDCS winning North Yorkshire's Green Neighbourhood Challenge last year, along with some generous match funding from the Co-op and further sponsorship from R V Rodger, who supplied the bushes.  Susan and Jeremy Strange and PIB chairman Peter Emmerson provided the labour and heavy showers ensured the bushes were well watered in. This is the second time the two organisations have worked together, following the planting of a community herb garden on Smiddy Hill, the produce from which is available to everyone to pick.

Picture shows: left to right Susan Strange, PDCS chairman Mike Potter, PIB chairman Peter Emmerson and the Site manager of Willow Court

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