Sunday, 30 November 2014


 THE launch of a new wood on the outskirts of Grimsby was snubbed by local councillors.

Neither Coun Ray Sutton nor Coun Cliff Barber attended yesterday’s planting event  at a former 1950s landfill site almost  opposite St Michael’s Church in Great Coates.

It is understood the duo were miffed not to have been included in the decision-making loop.

They also favoured a municipal-style children’s play area with conventional slides and swings. However, this was deemed inappropriate in a semi-rural location

Once the trees have become established, there will be a play area. but it will be in keeping with the surrounding environment.

The project is  the brainchild of the John Harrison Foundation and the Woodland Trust, with assistance from other organisations such as the Rotary club and North East Lincolnshire Council.

In all, some 3,000 trees have been planted.

Funding arrangements on the planting costs are still being finalised

As often at Grimsby-area community events, cadets were very much to the fore.

I think that's just about straight - may it have a long and happy life!

It's all  hands to the turf 

The hope is that some, if not all, of the saplings will eventually reach the same height as the long-established tree in the background

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