Free seedling trees available for Wirral residents

On 9 December, Wirral residents can collect one of 1,500 free small seedling trees from designated hubs, to plant in your garden, or anywhere you have permission, this winter.

Following National Tree Week, Wirral Council is giving out ‘plug trees’ (small seedling-sized trees) to residents who want them, to provide additional support to this year’s theme of ‘grow a tree’.

Trees can be collected from one of the following three locations on Saturday, 9 December:

  • Walled Garden at Central Park – Liscard Road, Wallasey, Wirral, CH44 0BS
  • Car Park at Royden Park – Hillbark Road, Frankby, Wirral, CH48 1NP
  • Visitor Centre at Eastham Country Park – Ferry Road, Eastham, Wirral, CH62 0BH

All locations will be run by council staff, including Charlie who appears in the video below, and volunteers. The hubs will open from 10am until 2pm (or until the trees run out) and operate on a first-come first served basis.

Charlie invites residents who are interested, to come and collect their free seedling tree.

Approximately 20cm in height, the trees available include a variety of species, all UK seed sourced. Volunteers and staff on the day will be able to advise on the best tree for the area of land you plan to plant it in as once matured, depending on the type of tree this can be 20 to 50 years, they can grow up to 35m in height and 8m in spread.

By collecting a tree, you will be supporting the council to meet its ambitious target of planting 21,000 trees every year until 2030 to help increase tree coverage across the borough.

So far, to help meet this goal, over 66,000 trees have been planted since 2020 – that’s about 64,000 net gain when you consider any trees that have had to have been removed.

Trees have been funded through the council’s climate emergency budget with the aim of supporting residents to increase tree coverage on non-council land.

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