Hundreds of trees planted along Padiham Greenway

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Schoolchildren have helped make Padiham a little greener by planting hundreds of trees along the Greenway.

The Padiham Green School pupils were out in force as part of a project to plant 420 saplings along the former railway path.

The Year 4 youngsters donned their wellies and waterproofs and with staff and parents spent a day planting along the pathway near Eton Close.

Green-fingered children also joined with volunteers from the Forest of Burnley on the big dig which hopes to enhance the environment and create new wildlife habitats.

Deputy headteacher Janet Ennis said it was great for youngsters to help create a greener future for their town.

She said: “The children came with their wellies and old coats, hats and gloves and they got stuck in and really enjoyed it.

“We planted around 200 trees of all different types during the day.

“The trees that were already there were planted 13 years ago for the Millennium Project. It is interesting that in 13 years time our trees will be the same size when the children are grown up they will be able to show their families.

“It will be a nice legacy for them.”

The planting came after the group received a free pack of 420 trees from the Woodland Trust.

John Tucker, Woodland Trust Director of Woodland Creation, said: “The UK has just 13% woodland cover compared to a European average of 44% and the trees we do have are under increasing threat from diseases and development.

“By teaming up with communities like people in Padiham, the Woodland Trust is working to double our native woodland cover and enrich our landscape. It’s also great to get the public out planting trees, hopefully providing people with an experience they will remember forever”

The tree packs have been generously funded by lead partners IKEA FAMILY and Biffa Award, also funded by Nicky and players of People’s Postcode Lottery.