Shipton Wildflower Woods

28th May 2023

Photo by Philip Halling

A new “Wildflower Woodland” is being planted in Shipton-by-Beningbrough, with funding help from the Friends of St Monica’s Hospital (FOSMH). The three acre site is a community venture and is designed to contribute to well-being and positive mental health, as well as being an continuing asset to local ecology and the environment.

Peter Berry, from FOSMH, said:

“Promoting good health can be done in many ways and, in this case, we are literally helping to sow seeds for generations now and to come. Large numbers of Shipton residents use surgeries in the area we support and we are pleased to give practical backing to this local innovative scheme.”

Branwen Farbrother, organiser of Shipton Wildflower Woods, commented:

“The grant from FOSMH allows us to buy the seed and other materials we need to turn this project into a reality. We are immensely grateful for this backing.

The Woodland Trust is providing assistance too, whilst the Forest of Flowers in Huby is giving their expertise as is the Eden Project. As well as its benefits to the environment we hope that such a project will engage people of all ages within our community, in both physical activity and shared objectives. Many older members of our group talk of planting as a way of connecting with loved ones, whilst younger ones talk of helping shape the future.”

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