Knaresborough Lions to plant 100 trees to commemorate Bed Race

Knaresborough Lions Club are set to plant 100 trees to commemorate the Great Knaresborough Bed Race.

The young oak trees, donated by RHS Garden Harlow Carr, will be planted in Horseshoe Fields on the opposite bank of the River Nidd where the iconic race starts and finishes.

The donation is part of the massive planting of trees being undertaken as part of the Great Northern Forrest project, which sees millions of trees planted in a band across the north from Liverpool to Hull.

Bernadette Reid of the Lions said:

“We are enormously proud to be able to do this thanks to the generosity of RHS Harlow Carr.

“They have supported us in this initiative and are also helping to sponsor this year’s Bed Race.”

There is a massive tree planting exercise in Yorkshire specially focused on recreating the historic Forest of Knaresborough.

Liz Thwaite, Head of Site at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, said:

“We are delighted to be able to donate 100 young oak trees to the Great Northern Forest project and play a part in this fantastic initiative.

“It is the RHS vision to enrich everyone’s life through plants and to make the UK a greener and more beautiful place and we are always looking for new ways to achieve this and encourage more people to get gardening.”

The Great Knaresborough Bed Race will be staged on Saturday 11th June.

This year the event, one of the most popular community events in the country, is being brought back to life by the Lions club of Knaresborough.

The event is organized by the all-volunteer Lions to raise funds for community charities and good causes.

Bernadette added:

“The Lions are playing their part and are building on the theme of the 2022 Bed Race of The Environment: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

“We have other measures in mind and planting trees is only one way we will build on the theme.”

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