SOROPTIMISTS joined the Aire Rivers Trust on a bitterly cold morning to plant trees near Silsden and make a donation to celebrate the centenary of their organisation.

Julia Allan, Jean Sykes and Christine Anderson of Keighley Soroptimists, planted trees wrapped with a ribbon in the yellow and blue colours of the global women’s organisation.

They chose to plant trees as part of their commitment to care for the environment. Planting trees alongside rivers and becks helps reduce flooding, improve water quality, enhance biodiversity and provides shade.

Spokesperson, Ms Allan said: “It’s the centenary year of Soroptimist activism and these trees contribute to the celebratory 100 that Soroptimists International Keighley will be planting in the area”.

Nick Milsom, of the Aire Rivers Trust, said:“This work supports our efforts to improve the river for everyone’s benefit. Our DNAire project is designed to reconnect communities with the river on which provide valuable green and blue space for us to enjoy.

“In ‘normal times’ we run volunteer events twice a week and will be re-starting them as soon as government guidance allows.”