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Spades at ready

spades ready to dig

40 trees for 40 years of Local radio

"Did you know", said Christine Barker the BBC CSV Producer, as she handed me a large new spade, " that if you plant thirty trees it will completely cancel out your carbon footprint for a lifetime?"

In celebration of 40 years of BBC Local radio, 40 trees where planted in Barton upon Humber.

Now, this was news to me but it couldn’t have been revealed at a better time, as the BBC had decided to celebrate forty years of local radio in the Humber Region by holding a tree planting event on both banks of the Humber.

This contribution to the environment would be supervised by experts from the British Trust for Conservation (BTCV) and their volunteers.
Baysgarth Park in Barton upon Humber was the site for our planting, where we softies were pleased to see the welcoming BBC bus with its promise of mid-morning warmth and hot drinks organised by the multi-tasking Adrian. While the hardier folks of the BTCV unloaded our trees and spades on the soft green slopes of the Park.

Barton on a crisp and bright early December morning is wide awake. The park is an ideal place for a bit of exercise with the tree planting attracting family groups, dog walkers, interested locals and schoolchildren alike, not forgetting BBC staff and CSV volunteers.

Before the planting began we were all shown the rudiments of safe spade handling and the tree planting process by Kevin Rawlinson, the BTCV’s Community Project Officer together with his colleague Tim. It’s remarkable that when normally reserved people become involved in a common cause the barriers come down and soon it’s teamwork that counts with everyone helping each other. Trees were carried and passed to others, holes were dug deeper and saplings had protection and supporting stakes added with the original stock of native oak, rowan, birch and maple shrinking by the hour as the slopes of the park were transformed into a wood in the making.

Santa plats a tree.

Santa plats a tree.

All ages were represented in the planting with Pat, a born and bred Bartonian, telling children like Frank and Connie how she’d played in the park at their age and pointing out the trees that she and her friends had chased between ‘quite a few years ago’.
A surprise for the kids was the early appearance of Father Christmas, resplendent in his (mothball smelling) traditional red suit. He agreed that the first of December was a bit early to call, but blamed his sleigh’s new sat-nav. He thought he’d punched in Lapland but obviously got Barton by mistake. Needless to say the children were thrilled to bits and wasted no time in putting their orders in early.

With the dogs wistfully eyeing the new saplings which dotted the slopes, Tim, of the BTCV, told us it would be about three years before they’d begin to take shape and add to the green canopy of the park and the pleasure of the people of the town.

With every tree firmly planted and Christine and Adrian providing a ‘brew’ on the bus, it was time to sit back and survey the park with its children playing and dogs chasing around. We’d all done our bit, although I’ve still got another nineteen trees to go. Perhaps the BBC’s next fortieth anniversary will give me the chance to catch up, who knows!

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