If you’ve managed to make it to the park recently, you’ll have seen some new kids on the block. As well as the thousands of young whippersnappers putting their roots down on the golf course, there are now 30+ more mature new arrivals.
The addition of these most recent trees was made possible thanks to a generous £4,000 grant from Bettys Trees for Life Fund, administered by the Two Ridings Community Foundation, and a valiant planting effort under lockdown conditions by Craven Council’s very own trees officer, Michael. There will be a second phase of planting in the Autumn, when we hope members of the public will also be able to get involved.
Each tree has been carefully picked and positioned to be visually exciting and to enhance the park’s natural offerings. Along the grass verges and canal, there will be trees that flower at different times, providing a vital pollinator corridor through the town. Native trees such as oak, hornbeam, alder and willow will thrive in the wetter areas of the park, alleviating the waterlogging and chances of flooding. In Autumn, maples and American oaks will put on a fiery show of reds, while the evergreen pines will add some winter structure when leaves drop.
Many thanks to local residents who came to the rescue when the newly-planted trees were in need of a long, cool drink through our unusually warm, dry Spring. The council now has the tree hydration under control, with the handy help of Skipton Fire Station. Some of you may have already witnessed the unusual sight of a fire engine slowly making its way up the grassy slope. Fear not, there have been no fires – just the resourceful use of a very long hose!