The Jo Cox Community Wood was started 2019, in recognition of the work of Jo Cox, MP for Batley and Spen, who was murdered in 2016. Jo had compassion for those members of the community who could be too easily overlooked, or be isolated and lonely. She believed that people have more in common than that which divides them, and she inspired children to explore and achieve. The wood will be our contribution to help bring communities together and to celebrate Jo Cox's values.
The wood is between Heckmondwike and Cleckheaton. It is next to Spen Valley Greenway and Liversedge football club and is connected by a public footpath/bridleway. The site is easy to reach on foot and by bike from the Greenway or from Quaker Lane. It will be accessible to all, with footpaths suitable for wheelchair users and mobility scooters.There will be seating, picnic tables, bike racks and information boards about local wildlife.
The project is Grant Aided by Biffa Award and Kirklees Council, which is supporting our work. Jo's family is also closely involved in the planning. The wood will be a place for people to walk, relax, and enjoy the natural enviroment. It will also be an outdoor learning resouce for local schools. Children from ten junior schools will be involved in planting and future care of the trees.
After cleaning and remediation of the site, fences, entrances and footpaths are being created in Summer 2019 and hedging and trees will be planted between Autumn 2019 and spring 2020. This is a big project and SVCS urgently needs help from volunteers at every stage. Volunteers are needed - to clean up the site and construct new paths in July and August 2019 - to help plant hedging and trees between November 2019 and March 2020.
NEXT VOLUNTEER SESSIONS- SATURDAY 20th and SUNDAY 21st JULY 10am-12 noon and 2-4pm both days. Wear strong footwear, gloves & old clothes and come to the site entrance on Quaker Lane track (pictured above). We'll be making new wheelchair-friendly paths in the "field" section of the site, fixing benches in place and tidying up the wooded part of the site.
If you could help us in any way, please reply through the "contact us" section on the homepage of this website. Thanks!