March 21, 2018


Local MP helps plant 50 trees at a York nature reserve


A recent tree planting event in St Nicks Nature Reserve in York saw volunteers and staff from a local charity, employees from energy firm Octopus Energy and York Central MP Rachel Maskell to plant 50 trees.

Octopus Energy’s wider initiative was launched in early 2017 to plant 1,000 trees in community spaces and schools across the country.

St Nicks Nature Reserve sits on a former landfill site, which closed in the 1970s and capped with clay.

The energy firm provided a variety of Hawthorne, Maple, Holly and Hazel. Jonathan Dent, St Nicks Nature Reserve manager, said: “As an Octopus Energy personal customer, I was inspired to contact them about St Nicks when they emailed me about their tree planting initiative. We are in the process of developing our woodland habitats which include John Lally Community Woodland planted by the local community. Our improvement works include introducing coppicing regimes and planting a range of understory and ground flora species to provide a wider range of habitat and food sources for wildlife within the woodland.”

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