As you may have seen in newsletters gone by, Aspatria Farmers celebrated our 150th anniversary in 2020. We aimed at the time to plant 150 oak tree saplings on 150 different members farms.
Aspatria Farmers worked closely with Peter Holiday from Dobcross Nursery to source 6 foot locally grown Oak saplings and also provided the required stake and ties.
We had hoped to get the saplings in the ground in the spring and autumn of 2020 however Covid-19 soon put a stop to proceedings and then planting windows were missed in 2021. With another planting window coming to an end, we took delivery of the trees in mid-March to our three warehouses.
We have teamed up with the Northern District of Cumbria Young Farmers to help plant the saplings as this nicely dovetailed with the National Federation of Young Farmer’s Clubs’ national campaign to safeguard the environment for future generations by planting a tree per member. Currently, there are two further tree planting initiatives that Young Farmers can be involved in: YFC – Operation Green, which aims to positively contribute to improving the natural environment and The Queen’s Green Canopy where people are encouraged to ‘plant a tree for the Jubilee’.
The planting has progressed in glorious weather, during the end of March with help from the Wigton and Aspatria members. The Young Farmers Clubs have their lists of Aspatria Farmers members to contact to arrange to plant on their farms as the campaign continues.