A COUNCIL is appealing for help to plant young trees in a nature reserve.

Spennymoor Town Council has plans to drive forward a series of improvements to the Cow Plantation local nature reserve, at the bottom of Wood Vue.

The town council owns the 12.4 hectare site and gets support, including from Durham County Council, to manage the site which includes woodland, meadow and ponds and is bordered by semi natural ancient woodland.

The town council secured £150 funding from Durham County Council to purchase trees and equipment to carry out planting in the Cow Plantation, with a further commitment of £150 funding from Spennymoor Rotary Club.

In order to comply with the county council's funding criteria, the trees need to be planted shortly.

The town council has already had one deadline extension, due to factors such as poor weather stalling the work, but has now bought the saplings and will hold a tree planting event on Wednesday.

Members have been invited along to take part and anyone keen to improve their local environment, including families, can help at the plantation from 10.30am.

To volunteer with a Friends group for the reserve, to help 'preserve, protect and enjoy' it can call 01388-815276 or email info@spennymoor-tc.gov.uk