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 is our contribution to help bring communities together and to celebrate Jo Cox's values. It is supported by Kirklees Council as a legacy for Jo Cox, Spen's "homegrown" MP 2015-2016.
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. 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 were created in Summer 2019 and hedging and trees are being planted between Autumn 2019 and spring 2020. This is a big project and SVCS urgently needs help from volunteers to help plant hedging and trees between November 2019 and March 2020.
2020 VOLUNTEER TREE-PLANTING SESSIONS IN JANUARY- 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30-3.30pm on these weekend days: Sat 11th & Sun 12th; Sat 18th & Sun 19th; Sat 25th & Sun 26th. Wear strong footwear, gloves & old clothes and come to the site entrance on Quaker Lane track (pictured above). Bring a spade if possible! Let us know if you can help by using the "Contact Us" box on the home page of this site. Thanks!