Branching out at trust's woodland.
The original 24-acre site near Craghead in County Durham was bought in 1998 by the Woodland Trust and part of its Woods On Your Doorstep Millennium project.
Now a 10-acre extension to the Fox and Parrot Wood has been acquired with local schools involved in planting trees.
The name for the wood was chosen by the local community. Trust officer Laura Judson said that the name came from Dr Fox, the village GP in the 1950s.
"The doctor was very popular in the village and on sunny days the parrot was put outside and used to heckle passers-by in rather colourful language," she said.
Today ancient woodland covers only 1.7pc of County Durham. Trust chief executive Mike Townsend said: "Planting a tree is a great way for children to discover the beauty of woodlands."
Meanwhile, the County Durham Environmental Trust has awarded pounds 55,000 to the trust to expand Pontburn Wood in Rowlands Gill, where up to 1,000 pupils will help with planting. Another step in a plan to create a forest park from the former Broughton Moor military depot in West Cumbria has been approved by Cumbria County Council's Cabinet.
The former Nato ammunition dump will become Derwent Forest.
The scheme involves reclaiming more than 1,000 acres so that a forest park can be created with 30 kilometres of paths and cycleways, a visitor centre and a wind farm.
The total cost of the scheme, on the biggest derelict site in the North West, is expected to be about pounds 25m.
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|Publication:||The Journal (Newcastle, England)|
|Date:||Feb 28, 2004|
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