Your article: Group marks 10th anniversary by planting nearly 500 trees

Pocklington and District U3A president Freda Snelson (centre), with John and Una Barber.
Pocklington and District U3A president Freda Snelson (centre), with John and Una Barber.

The Pocklington and District U3A has marked its 10th anniversary by creating a new copse woodland on the outskirts of the town.

The local U3A, which stands for stands for University of the Third Age and enables members to share varied educational, creative and leisure activities, started up a branch in Pocklington in 2005. Ten years on it has a membership of 800 involved in 79 special interest groups, and as part of its birthday celebrations it has embarked on an anniversary tree planting project.

Working in collaboration with Pocklington Rugby Club, who provided a site on the edge of its ground on Kilnwick Road, and the Woodland Trust, which supplied young trees and planting expertise, almost 30 members of the U3A braved the wintry elements to put in nearly 500 trees.

The Woodland Trust’s Derek Utley, who advised on tree selection and supervised the work party, was on hand as U3A members spent the day planting a variety of deciduous and evergreen trees.

President, Freda Snelson, explained: “The U3A is 10-years-old at the end of March and we now have 800 members. We decided rather than marking this occasion by giving money to charity we would plant trees in the area, so I approached the town and parish councils that have the greatest number of our members.

“Pocklington was anxious to get something done, we got onto the fact that the rugby club wanted to create a wind break at its new ground so we agreed to do that. We planted 476 trees of various sorts and sizes and had about 28 members helping, it wasn’t a very nice morning, there were hailstone showers, but we did it! We have got another tree planting effort on Saturday (14 March) at Everingham.”

Pocklington Rugby Club chairman, John Bryant, added: “We were pleased to cooperate with the U3A on their anniversary project, I think they’ve done a great job.”

More pictures from this event in next week’s (12 March) paper.