This project is a partnership led by, and administered by, the Rotary Club of York.
It offers to plant a tree at no cost to the parents of every child born in York in 2018/19
See also details of our picnic for parents and families - June 2nd
Please send any questions about this Partnership to The Rotary Club of York [email protected]
City of York
Rotary International President Ian Riseley recently stated that protecting the environment and curbing climate change are essential in supporting to Rotary’s goal of sustainable service and our commitment to communities
In the UK, Rotary is committing to planting 47,000 trees in 2018/19 as a lasting benefit to the environment
In York, our project is 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 tree will not be specifically identifiable with your baby's name and will not be "labelled"
If you have had a new baby born in 2018/19, CONGRATULATIONS AND GOOD WISHES. Our offer is to provide, plant and maintain a tree on a site in York to commemorate your new arrival.
There is NO COST to you, the parent.
If you are would like to register, please complete a simple form - click here
The first site for planting is on the Haxby Road, just North of the York St John University Sports Park Grounds (East side of the road). The site includes the path that runs from Haxby Road east to Huntington Road
The first planting took place on 28th and 29th
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 Partnership Co-ordinator and other Rotarians recently visited the site
Click images to enlarge
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 Beneden Healthcare, organised through York Cares.
We are extremely grateful to our volunteers, to Megan Hale an all at York Cares who helped, to York St John University and of course all our partners in this project.
Visiting the site?
Parents of the babies registered under this programme, and indeed anyone else, are welcome to visit the site to see the trees (saplings) planted in their names
(please note; trees / saplings are not individually labelled for each baby,
but a register of babies is maintained on this website)
Pedestrian access to the site on the east side of Haxby Road is a few hundred yards north of the University St John Sports Park Ground, and if you are visiting by car, please use the car park on the Sports Ground then walk northwards on Haxby Road. FirstYork buses (route 1) also pass the site.
The planting site
Saplings awaiting planting
Volunteers from Portakabin Ltd
Frank Paterson (Rotary's project organiser) left, with Derek Utley from Woodland Trust
Rotarians Sheila and David
at work planting
(photo courtesy Woodland Trust)
Rotarians and volunteers receiving a briefing from Derek Utley
...and in a few years' time?
Come and visit the site - join our June 2nd picnic
Volunteers from Benenden Healthcare
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 the Rotary Club of York, and two team 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.
Rotarians and volunteers - and Civic Party - receiving some instruction from Derek Utley
The first group of volunteers from Nestlé, pictured with the Lord Mayor, Lady Mayoress and Cllr Carol Runciman
Rotarians Mike and Mark busy planting
York's Lord Mayor plants a tree sapling