1st Keyworth Scouts are always keen to take part in new initiatives and this year the Woodland Trust are hoping to get 10 million trees planted to capture CO2 from the atmosphere and encourage biodiversity. Our local Keyworth Parish Council obtained 500 tree saplings from the trust so we requested six trees for the Elm Avenue Allotments. The Scouts hold one of the allotments where Explorer Scouts can fulfil the Skills Module of their Duke of Edinburgh Award; each week they work for one or two hours learning how to sow seeds, nurture young crops and look after them until it is time to harvest. As part of their maintenance of the allotment site they have planted Wild Cherry and Silver Birch trees.
Sectional Assistant Richard Lumb is pictured with Explorer Scout Ben Turnbull planting these new trees. The saplings will grow quickly and have been chosen to blend in with the allotment site. Other residents in the Keyworth village have a wide choice of trees including oak and rowan; the Woodland Trust will also supply community groups with enough mixed saplings for a ‘productive hedge’ which will attract birds, insects and small mammals to promote biodiversity by providing food, shelter and safe corridors for movement.
1st Keyworth Scouts provide adventure and life skills to young people through a balanced programme of events and experiences. Groups range from Beavers aged 6 to Explorers aged 16, and new leaders are always welcome within Rushcliffe District Scouts.