MEMBERS of Ripponden in Bloom have planted 104 saplings.

The group turned out despite the awful weather to plant the new trees as part of a Jubilee Wood, sponsored by the Woodland Trust.

They applied for and got a wild harvest pack consisting of hazel, blackthorn, crab apple, elder and dog rose, as well as one Jubilee Oak.

All the saplings with the exception of the Jubilee Oak have been planted in the area known as Hirstwood Holme on the river in Ripponden.

There were 16 volunteer tree planters and seven students from Rishworth School.

Jayne Smith, chairman of Ripponden in Bloom, said: “The area had to be cleared first and then the sapling planted, tied on to a cane and protected by a plastic bottle.

“We have done more clearing and tidying so most places look clean and tidy for the winter.”

The group will have a stall at the community market at the Brig Royd Surgery car park next Sunday, December 9 from 9.30 – 3.30, selling mulled wine, mince pies and their fundraising calendars and bags.

In January, weather permitting, the In Bloom team will carry out leaf clearing, weeding and tidying on Tuesday, January 15 and cutting back and tidying on Saturday January 19. Email for more details.