The number of trees planted in Wirral continues to grow as more community planting sessions take place – including another 1,400 that are part of the borough’s contribution to the Queen’s Green Canopy.
More than 100 volunteers got involved during the weekend of Saturday 8 and Saturday 15 January to plant the trees.
The Queen’s Green Canopy is a tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022. Groups, organisations and individual’s across the UK are invited to plant a tree during the official planting season of October to March. The aim is that the trees planted will create a legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership of the Nation and will go on to benefit future generations.
With the help of Birkenhead Sixth Form College students and staff and Wallasey Tree Planting Group, Merseyside Scout Group and Wallasey Explorers respectively, Bidston and Wallasey are now home to new woodland areas. The woodlands are made up of Oak, Rowan, Wild Cherry, Birch, Guelder Rose, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Hazel, Fir and Spruce trees that have been planted for the Queen’s Green Canopy. These sites accompany Leasowe Playing Fields, which was the first of the plantings dedicated to this initiative in Wirral.
The new trees are also helping the council to meet its target of 21,000 trees to be planted annually until 2030. As the community planting season, November to March, reaches its halfway point the target is well within reach as not only did we surpass our target by planting 24,000 trees in 2020/2021 but a whopping 9,800 have already been planted for the 2021/2022 season.
Cllr Liz Grey, Chair of the Environment, Climate Emergency and Transport Committee at Wirral Council, said, “Wirral’s 10-year Tree, Hedgerow and Woodland Strategy sets ambitious, but necessary, targets for the number of trees and hedgerows to be planted around the borough and it is incredible to see these targets coming to life as we reach these huge numbers of trees planted.
“The contribution Wirral is making to the Queen’s Green Canopy is just a part of the efforts we are making in Wirral to increase tree coverage, but it is wonderful to be playing such a significant part in the planting efforts for this national initiative.
“I would like to again thank all of the volunteers – it has been great to see so many residents involved.”
To get involved or to sign up for future planting events, please contact [email protected]
For more information about trees, visit the council’s website www.wirral.gov.uk/wirraltrees
All tree planting schemes as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy can be viewed on this map
Main image: Merseyside Scout Group and Wallasey Explorers – just a few of the volunteers that helped with the planting at Wallasey.