SCoJeC Outreach Worker, Linda Martin, hosted a small party to celebrate Tu B’Shevat, at her home in Lochaber on the Morvern Peninsula. The “New Year for Trees” is the beginning of spring in the Jewish calendar, and is celebrated by planting trees, and enjoying a variety of fruit.
Despite the remote venue, seven people undertook the long journey from the mainland to take part. Two trees were planted, a copper beech and a small-leaved lime, and the children also learned how to take willow cuttings and plant them to form a willow hedge.
Lunch was provided for the hungry workers after the first tree was planted, to celebrate the mitzvah and to thank them for their sterling efforts.
One of the participants, Wendy Lev, said, “Although we celebrate the major festivals, Tu b’Shevat is one which has passed us by until now. The children are delighted to learn about it, and have the opportunity to get involved in planting trees.”