BARNSLEY residents are being urged to take part in a new tree-planting scheme which will see the creation of 10 hectares of woodland.

The first two dates for planting are Friday 1 and 8 February at Hoyle Mill. Some 3,000 native oaks are ready to be planted.

The tree planting will be going on regularly until the end of March as part of the new 'Nature Improvement Area', which seeks to improve wildlife and access to nature.

Cllr Linda Burgess, said: “It's a fantastic opportunity to improve this area. The increased number of trees isn’t just beneficial for the borough’s wildlife - they also combat the damage done by carbon emissions and reduce the risk and severity of localised flooding.''

Volunteers need to register in advance by contacting Voluntary Action Barnsley ( on 01226 320100.