On Saturday the 8th of March, a group of dedicated volunteers got together at Crookhall Community Centre to help make a difference in the fight against Polio. The event organised by the Derwentside Rotary Club aimed to be part of the final push towards ending the disease in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria where it is still endemic.
By allowing people to sponsor trees which were marked to be planted in the designated site in Crookhall donated by Durham County Council, the Derwentside Rotary Club were able to help raise money for this important cause whilst providing a new woodland area in the region. The volunteers all met at Crookhall Community Centre for a brief introduction to the day followed by instructions from local company Groundwork North East.
With 500 various trees to plant, the large team who gave up their time to help this project set about delivering saplings to their new home in Crookhall. Leaving enough space for the local kids to still have their favourite sledging spot in the winter, Polio Wood will help to transform what was once a slag heap from the old Crookhall Colliery into a great wood for future generations to enjoy.