As part of our 140 year celebrations employees were asked for ideas on how we could celebrate 140 years in construction. One idea that particularly resonated was commemorative tree planting.

We had already agreed that we would plant 14 standards, one for each decade of trading within East Park. However, we still wanted to mark the total number of years trading. So we again sought the assistance of Stephen Robinson, HEYwoods Partnership Manager and Leah Hallas from the TCV, who we engaged to carry out the work. They suggested Hull's first nature reserve, Rockford Fields, which was welcomed by Hull City Council.

As part of this planting we wanted to get some children engaged in the process so we approached Ings Primary School Head Teacher Karen Farr who confirmed that the year 5 class from would love to be involved.

The rain had subsided but the ground was still wet underfoot which only seemed to fill the children with even more enthusiasm. Managing Director, Andrew Kingston told the pupils why we were planting the trees, and Leah Hallas told the children all about the new trees and how to plant them.

Karl Andre Photography was on site to capture the event.

We were advised to plant cell grown whips and the following were chosen

  • Common Alder
  • Silver Birch
  • Oak, Spindle
  • Holly
  • Hawthorn 





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