Mighty oak for massive achievment

Published on: 27 Nov 2014

From small acorns mighty oaks grow say the helping hands that have branched out from humble beginnings to a 500 strong action force.

Celebrating their 60th anniversary with the planting of Britain's best loved tree, Lake District volunteers gathered seeds and saw their sapling nurtured and grow.

Planted at High Dam, near Newby Bridge, in a special ceremony to commemorate the diamond jubilee, it was a symbolic act, according to volunteer co-ordinator, Tim Duckmanton.

He said: "The oak is a mighty tree, recognised and revered, just like all our remarkable 16 to 86 year-olds, who each year give more than 5,000 days each year to helping the national park and its precious landscape.

"It's incredible to think that back in1954 a small group got together to litter pick at Whitemoss Common. Fifteen have grown to 500 and six decades down the line we salute their vast achievements.

He said: "From the highest peaks to our stunning lakes, rivers and coastline, volunteers make a tremendous difference to the care of this world renowned landscape. Their commitment and dedication is unbelievable.

"We deeply value the work and support they give. Without them, we couldn't achieve the same volume of work. These remarkable men and women are as special as the places they look after."

High Dam was chosen because it is a popular site, owned by the Lake District National Park, and the young tree's progress can be enjoyed for the next 60 years and beyond, added Tim.

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