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 and information boards about local wildlife.
After cleaning and remediation of the site, fences, entrances and footpaths were created in Summer 2019 and over 1,00 trees and hedging was planted between November 2019 and February 2020. Local people snapped up the opportunity to sponsor a tree, with the scheme selling out within 4 weeks. Wildflowers will be planted later in 2020.