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Trees for the Community

When the First Hethersett Brownie Pack won 30 trees in a competition their first thought was to provide something lasting for the local community to enjoy.

So instead of planting the trees near their headquarters, they decided to place them around the perimeter of the Memorial Playing Field against a fence shared with Woodside Infant and Nursery School.

The sun shone as youngsters from the pack planted 30 silver birch, wild cherry and rowan trees as part of National Tree Planting Week.

The trees were given to the Brownies after they took part in Sainsbury's Active Kids  promotion, part of which included being drawn out of the hat to win the trees.

"A big part of being a Brownie is to do work in the community and we wanted to plant the trees where local people could enjoy them," said Tawny Owl Sharon Watts.

The youngsters teamed up with members of the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) to organise and plant the trees.

"As we are now in the year long celebrations for the Guiding Centenary, there are many opportunities and challenges to be enjoyed. Planting the trees will be extra special as we will always remember that we planted them during our special celebration year," Sharon Watts added.
 
Hethersett Brownies have a number of other plans for celebrating centenary year. These include joining a  Division sleepover at Thetford and taking part in a Guiding themed holiday in London which will include sleeping on HMS Belfast. Other events include steam train rides to the seaside, snowtubing in Norwich and helping the HEAT team and the local community with litter picks.
 
"Guiding provides a unique girl-only space and has done so for 100 years; from the youngest Rainbows aged five right through to the Trefoil Guild for the 'more mature' lady. For further details of what opportunities Guiding offers, please contact County Office on 01603 502590," Sharon Watts added.