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York Rotary Family Tree Planting Partnership


This project was a partnership led by, and administered by, York Rotary.  

It offered to plant a tree at no cost to the parents of every child born in York in 2018/19.  Over 1,100 babies were registered. 

Since then we have held several  Family Day events with parents invited to visit the site and help tend the trees, and meet other families.

A further Family Day - and "tree maintenance TLC sessions" - are being planned for 2024... please contact us for details

See also photos of our family picnic for parents and families in previous years!


The Project

The first site for planting is on Haxby Road, just North of  the York St John University Sports Park Grounds (East side of the road).

See details of the site and how to reach it, here


The site includes the path that runs from Haxby Road east to Huntington Road

The first planting took place on 28th and 29th November 2018.

A second planting took place on March 27th 2019 (see report below) 

In total, 1260 saplings have been planted, a mixture of native broadland species including oak, birch, hawthorn and hazel. 

The planting was overseen by Derek Utley, from the Woodland Trust (who supplied the saplings) and was carried out by a team of Rotarians from the Rotary Club of York, and a large team of volunteers from Portakabin and from Benenden Healthcare, organised through York Cares.

Benenden team

We are extremely grateful to our volunteers, to Megan Hale and all at York Cares who helped, to York St John University and of course all  our partners in this project.

A further 400 trees!

The second planting on the site, also overseen by Derek Utley, from the Woodland Trust was carried out on March 27th by a team of Rotarians from York Rotary and two teams of volunteers from Nestlé, organised through York Cares.  


We are extremely grateful for the support of the 14 Nestlé helpers who made such a difference.

Also present was the Lord Mayor, Cllr Keith Orrell, the Lady Mayoress Mrs Judith Orrell and local Councillor Carol Runciman, who all joined in - perhaps not quite dressed for the part, but their support was very much appreciated nonetheless.


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Rotary International President 2018, Ian Riseley, stated  that protecting the environment and curbing climate change are essential in supporting Rotary’s goal of sustainable service and our commitment to communities.

In the UK, Rotary committed to planting 47,000 trees in 2018/19  as a lasting benefit to the environment.

In York,  our project was to offer parents of all babies born in York in 2018-19 the chance to have a tree planted (first planting was in November 2018) and maintained (at no cost) locally, in commemoration of their baby's birth.

Note:  The trees are not specifically identifiable with an individual baby's name and are not "labelled"

Please send any questions about this Partnership to The Rotary Club of York

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