Vice President, Derek Moorehead applied for trees from the Woodland Trust in March 2014. The trees were offered to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War with the Woodland Trust donating trees to schools, sports clubs and community groups, inviting them to take part in a once-in-a-generation tribute for those who lived and served. The idea being to create a growing legacy that will stand tall for centuries to come.
The tree packs have been generously funded by Woodland Trust’s lead partners Sainsbury’s, IKEA FAMILY and Biffa Award with additional support coming from WHSmith, Wilko and players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Banbridge RFC were awarded 105 indigenous trees including oak, mountain ash, silver birch and alder.
It was felt appropriate to ask members of the Junior ranks from within the club to assist with the planting process under the watchful eye of Grounds Convenor Raymond McKinstry.
Hopefully in a couple of decades time these junior members will be collecting the ball from amongst these trees after their own children have kicked one into touch!.