St Francis Xavier School pupils design poster to promote new woodland

Cllr Lorraine Hodgson with the winners.

St Francis Xavier School pupils have taken part in a competition to design a poster to help raise sponsorship for a new community woodland.

As part of the celebrations to mark 950 years of the building of Richmond Castle, the community is creating a new woodland for the people of Richmondshire, planting 950 trees in the year, on the edge of the town.

To mark the occasion, the woodland is to be named Rufus Woods after Alan Rufus who first commissioned Richmond Castle in 1071.

The project is led by a team of local business people under the umbrella of the Original Richmond Business & Tourism Association.

They have been working with local landscape architect Alistair Baldwin to make the initiative happen.

Landowners Lord Ronaldshay and Michael Sunley have given their permission to use their adjoining pieces of land for planting and access.

The trustees of outdoor social enterprise Just the Job, will oversee the project and the Just the Job team, led by Steve Biggs will take control of the day-to-day management once the woodland is planted.

The 2020/21 mayor of Richmond, Cllr Lorraine Hodgson, visited the school and selected a winner from each form and an overall winner.