We're diamond diggers in Grimsby for the Jubilee Wood
THE cold weather did not deter hardy volunteers from digging deep to plant North East Lincolnshire's latest Jubilee Wood.
Community groups and the public turned out in their Wellington boots for a tree planting day at The Saltings, off Westward Ho, in Grimsby.
The land, near Birkwood Medical Centre, is one of five sites in the borough to be made into a wood to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
The others are Spring Street and Coomb Briggs in Immingham, Freshney Park in Grimsby and Cleethorpes Country Park.
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Planting at The Saltings had been due to take place last weekend, but was postponed because of the snow.
However, despite more snowfall on Friday night, it had melted sufficiently to allow the planting to go ahead as planned on Saturday morning.
Mike Sleight, North East Lincolnshire Council's ecology officer, said: "The turn-out has been fantastic. We are planting cherry, walnut and oak trees.
"Some willows will be going in the flooded area, but we won't be doing that because it's covered in ice at the moment.
"We are planning another sessions for this Saturday and everybody is welcome."
Among the groups taking part were local Cubs and Brownies, Rotary Clubs and In Bloom teams.
Elaine Atkinson, chairman of Grimsby In Bloom, said: "It's gone really well, better than we expected. We thought it would be quite hard on the ground but the rain seems to have softened it up.
"It's great to see so many people come out to help. This is going to make such a big difference to the area. Instead of an empty field there will be trees and a wildlife habitat for people to enjoy."
Amy Dennehy, 34, of Cromwell Road, brought her six-year-old son Brandon to the event. She said: "It will be good when it's finished. It will make things look a lot nicer around here."
Beavers and Cubs from the 19th Grimsby St Hugh's Scout group were out in force with their spades.
Cameron Charlton, 10, said: "I'm doing it for my community help badge. It's very muddy, but I'm enjoying it."
As reported, almost 20,000 trees are being planted throughout North East Lincolnshire to mark last year's historic Diamond Jubilee.
It is part of the Woodland Trust's countrywide Jubilee Woods project.
To get involved in this Saturday's session at The Saltings, pop along between 11am and 1pm.
Keep checking your Grimsby Telegraph for details of further planting sessions and for more information about the project, visit jubileewoods.org.uk