Scouts plant 650 trees at leisure park

About 15 Scouts and 6 Leaders and Helpers  from Irthlingborough Scouts planted more than 650 trees as part of an environmental project to help Wicksteed Park.
About 15 Scouts and 6 Leaders and Helpers from Irthlingborough Scouts planted more than 650 trees as part of an environmental project to help Wicksteed Park.

Members of Irthlingborough Scouts planted more than 650 trees as part of an environmental project to help Wicksteed Park.

The planting session took place during a weekend camp for the boys and girls, aged between 10 and 14 who are working towards their Conservation Badges.

Scout group spokesman Lyle Abbott said: “Our heartfelt thanks goes to Wicksteed Park for allowing us to be part of the conservational work on site.

“The scouts really enjoyed themselves and they even commented that in years to come they could show their grandchildren what they did when they were scouts – what a legacy to leave!”

The work was done as Wicksteed Park steps up its work to engage even more people in its heritage and natural beauty.

Wicksteed Park’s new community links officer Charlotte Widgery is working towards delivering an action-packed programme of new activities at the park, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

They will be centered round the new lake and lakeside environments being created and include the formation of a new volunteer group.

Charlotte will work to involve individuals, groups, teachers, schools and visitors in the heritage and natural environment.

Oliver Wicksteed, chairman of the Wicksteed Charitable Trust and Charles Wicksteed’s great grandson, said: “The trust works very hard to maintain Charles Wicksteed’s vision of sustainability, encouraging families to lead a healthy, energetic lifestyle and re-engaging young people with the outdoors and adventure.”