A charity is calling on volunteers to help it create a green space legacy.
The Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity (BRCC) has issued a call to arms as it makes the £250,000 Biggleswade Green Wheel project a reality.
The Green Wheel is an environmental project which will see a pathway being created around Biggleswade, linking its routes and green spaces. As well as merging existing routes and developing pathways, the BRCC, in partnership with Central Beds Council and Biggleswade Town Council will be planting more than 8,000 trees.
The charity is now seeking volunteers as it prepares to plant many of the trees at the new Jubilee Wood to the east of Biggleswade later this year.
Cliff Andrews, green infrastructure team leader at the BRCC said: “We are looking for people who can help us, as the more they can do, the less money will be needed.
“We have received a good amount of funding through section 106 money and other grants, but with a project like this volunteers can make all the difference.”
The Jubilee Wood will be made up of native broadleaf trees and will belatedly commemorate the Queen’s Diamond
Jubilee. Within the wood there will also be a special orchard to mark the BRCC’s diamond jubilee.
There will be additional tree and bulb-planting sessions in the future.
Another major part of the project will be the creation of a new cycleway around parts of the town.
This will include a section running from Franklin’s Recreation Ground in Mill Lane to Jordan’s Mill, with an extra spur running west towards Shuttleworth.
Cliff added: “There is currently a footpath that runs from Mill Lane along the river of course but this is too narrow for us to use as a cycleway, so this will be created on the other side of the riverside hedge.
“We will also be restoring 800m of riverside hedge alongside the new cycleway.”
Anyone who would like to help out or find out more can contact Cliff on 01234 832617 or Richard Lawrence on 01234 832618.
Otherwise see www.bedsrcc.org.uk