STALYBRIDGE Celtic Juniors have undertaken their biggest community project ever to plant 500 trees at their soccer school on Mossley Road.
The trees have been planted at the top corner of the field in an area the club is unable to use because of its irregular shape and uneven surface.The tree planting day, held on Saturday, January 18, was attended by more than 100 of the junior players and their families with lots of them adding a wooden tag to a tree they planted with their name or memory message.
The trees, which the club received from TCV (The Conservation Volunteers) and OVO Energy as part of the #IDigTrees project, were a mix of UK native species which will grow to create a mixed woodland.
#IDigTrees is a nationwide project to plant more than one million trees. Those planted range from small trees and shrubs such as dog rose, blackthorn and crab apple to large parkland varieties like birch, hazel and English oak.
Club volunteer Liam Whitehead, who lead the initiative, said: ‘’This has been the biggest community project the club has ever undertaken.
“It was fantastic to see so many of our players and their families coming out to plant a tree, some planted one while others spent hours enjoying being outdoors and planting dozens of saplings.
“In a few years the trees should have grown enough to have created a woodland walk and be attracting all types of wildlife thanks the variety of species planted.’’
The club will also benefit from the trees improving drainage on the pitches by holding rainwater and helping offset their carbon footprint.
The tree planting day was a massive success and the feedback from parents was fantastic.
”It showed the tremendous spirit at the club and the bond we all have. My lad has never picked a garden spade up or planted a tree so it was another small learning curve.”
”It was great to see so many of our young players planting trees this morning. Some for the experience and others dedicating them to loved ones.”
”Dylan planted his own tree at Stalybridge Celtic Juniors. Great idea from the club and something he can look back at for years to come.”
”Lovely morning spent planting trees at Stalybridge Celtic Juniors. One for each of the children.”
”The boys loved planting the trees.”
• The club’s popular Saturday soccer school returns on Saturday, February 1 following a winter break.
It runs from 10.30am to noon and costs £3.50 per session. All coaches are FA qualified and groups are age appropriate.
No need to book, turn up on the day and wear appropriate clothing for the weather.