This morning's planting was organised by Brian Moriarty, who obtained generous funding for it from Northern Gas Networks/Northern Green Networks. Funding of £2000 was obtained to plant shelter belts for local farmers. Shelter belts help protect livestock and crops from the worst of the valley's elements, as well as contributing to tree coverage for the valley. This morning we were mostly planting hawthorn hedging, and Larch for shelter. Northern Gas Networks money will pay for over 2000 trees to be planted on 4 different farms this season. An official presentation was made, of the cheque and a glass trophy for Brians successful entry to their grant scheme. Brian had also organised for local dignitaries to attend, and rounded up lots of past volunteers to swell our numbers for the day. Even with a generous mid morning break for the presentation and bacon sandwiches, we still managed to plant 300 trees this morning.