Community Wood Created In Memory Of Jo Cox

Volunteers have transformed the 3.7 acre site between Cleckheaton and Heckmondwike.

A community wood has been created in memory of Jo Cox.

The 3.7 acre site, formerly low-grade pastureland between Cleckheaton and Heckmondwike, has been transformed with new paths, gateways, walls and fencing.

Volunteers from Spen Valley Civic Society have also installed picnic tables and benches, and have cleared brambles, invasive weeds and rubbish.

To create paths volunteers dubbed “the wheelbarrow brigade” shifted 120 tonnes of crushed stone.

The Jo Cox Community Wood was made possible thanks to funding from waste management company Biffa. Kirklees Council also provided cash for the project.

Jo Cox was the Labour MP for Batley and Spen from 2015 to 2016.

Her sister, Kim Leadbeater, said:

”Jo was passionate about nature.

“She would love the idea of an outdoor facility, which can be used by the whole community, and her children will be very excited to come and spend time in Mummy’s wood.”

Saplings and hedging plants – all native species – have been provided through the White Rose Forest initiative and the Woodland Trust.

A small community orchard on the land was paid for from donations made in memory of Civic Society member John Appleyard, who died in July.

The wood is expected to be finished in 2020.

The society is calling on further support for a mass tree-planting from 12.30pm on November 24, where it hopes to plant 150 saplings.

Anyone who can assist is asked to call the Civic Society on 01274 875262.



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