Former Belton landfill site receives lease of life

Volunteers who have been planting thousands of native broadleaved trees at the old landfill site at Belton.
Volunteers who have been planting thousands of native broadleaved trees at the old landfill site at Belton.

Volunteers planting thousands of trees at a former Isle landfill site are reaching the end of their mammoth project.

North Lincolnshire Council began working with volunteers from Simons Group and The Conservation Volunteers to plant native broad-leaved trees on the site in Belton at the end of November.

The project is the first step in an exciting new project to create a new three-hectare woodland on the unused farmland surrounding the landfill. To benefit wildlife, the volunteers have been planting mostly oak and silver birch trees, as well as creating woodland rides, lined by shrubs such as hazel and hawthorn. In the future there are plans to introduce native woodland wildflowers to further enhance the habitat. The activities form part of Big Tree Plant, run by Defra and The Forestry Commission, with many of the trees supplied by TCV and others provided by Simons Group.

A spokesman said: “Our work marks the beginning of an exciting period with a number of projects coming forward through the Isle of Axholme and Hatfield Chase Landscape Partnership.

“We are hoping to make the best use of the old landfill site, with new wildlife habitat, carbon storage and enhancement of the local landscape.”