Colne Valley Tree Society celebrated in film by Huddersfield University

by | Jan 17, 2015 | Featured Slider, Latest, News

A group which has helped beautify Colne Valley, has been honoured in a film.

‘Tree People’ tells the story of Colne Valley Tree Society which has planted 300,000 trees over 300 sites in the valley since the society was formed in 1964.

The 45-minute film, scored by Slaithwaite Brass Band, has been funded by the University of Huddersfield’s music department.

It was produced by Dr Geoff Cox, a fellow in music at the university.

Tree People contains interviews with long-serving members of the society as well as footage of their work in all weathers and the impact their work has had on the landscape.

Dr Cox said: “I thought it was important to document what the society had done and with it being the society’s 50th anniversary it was something to show.

“A main part of our constitution is to inform people about what we do and I’m interested in documentary making so I thought I would use those skills to make a film about the society.”

Colne Valley Tree Society (CVTS) was founded by former Slaithwaite GP, Dr Derek Phillips.

CVTS, which works with schools, Scout groups and Colne Valley Lions, began planting trees on former quarry tips and landfill sites.

The group has since planted native species, including birch, oak, rowan, hawthorn, willow, hazel, alder and scots pine on public and private sites including Scammonden Reservoir and Parkwood, Golcar.

CVTS, which has about 20 members, also carries out woodland management, for example, clearing weeds and bracken from sites and fencing woods off from hungry sheep and deer.

Its work helps increase the diversity of plants and animals in the valley.

Tree People is available for £7.50. All proceeds will go towards planting new trees.

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The film will be shown at the Red and Green Club, Bankwell Road, Milnsbridge, on February 24 (7pm).

To see a trailer from the film go to