MEMBERS of Ryedale Lions and friends have planted some 300 trees in the Pickering Community Park.

The initiative is a challenge within Lions for each member to plant 10 trees per year for the next 5 years to have a positive impact on the environment and slow climate change.

Lion President Frank Hayward said: “We took on the challenge as a Club and the number of trees is based on our membership level. Our intention is to achieve 1500 trees over the timeframe of the project.”

Ryedale Lions were looking for areas for the planting and were delighted when the Community Park was suggested and the Town Council agreed.

Frank added: “We are very pleased to be associated with the ongoing development and improvement of the Community Park as a fantastic amenity for the people of Pickering and Ryedale.

Pickering Town Mayor Helen McNulty-Rickard, said: “The town council were delighted that Ryedale Lions offered to provide and plant the trees in the community park.

"This is something that fits perfectly into our plan to protect the environment for future generations”