On Saturday 17 November, an enthusiastic group of folk from Skene Parish Church joined the Eco Group and gathered at a small piece of land next to Kirk Cottage in Kirkton of Skene to take part in a tree planting activity.
Skene Parish Church Eco Group were given a free Community Tree Pack of 105 tree saplings from the Woodland Trust as part of the charity’s Jubilee Woods Project. The Woodland Trust wants to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by helping millions of people across the UK to come together and plant 6 million trees across the country. The trees, all native species, will grow into a young wood in as little 10 years. Also included in the pack is a Royal Oak sapling, which has been grown from an acorn gathered from one of the Royal Estates.
Our hard working team of men, women and children, wielded spades and hammers and had the job done in no time at all – planted, staked and protectors fitted. The work was done under the expert eyes of Alison Sutherland, an Aberdeenshire Ranger and Graeme MacDonald.
The hard work completed, the workers were treated to hot drinks and, as we say in the North East, a ‘fine piece’ to eat.
The Eco group would like to thank all the volunteers who supported us in this venture. Over the next decade or so, it will be interesting to watch our woodland grow. In years to come, we will be able to bring our children and grandchildren along and show them what we helped to achieve in our little corner of the land.
By Sheila Gray