How to volunteer for tree planting following Storm Arwen

Tree planting season has officially started and with more than 2,000 trees already planted across Wirral, we are well on the way to meeting the council’s annual planting target of 21,000 trees.

Over the weekend, Storm Arwen claimed many of the borough’s trees and this initiative started before the storm wreaked havoc across the UK. The tree-planting programme will help to replace the number of trees lost and many more besides.

Wirral Council has a ten-year strategy during which over 210,000 trees will be planted, at least 21,000 per year. The trees that are planted will see Wirral’s tree canopy cover doubled by the time they are fully grown.

The incredible start to the tree planting season is all thanks to volunteers, local school children and partner organisations who have so far planted at Bentham Close Greenspace in Prenton, Hargrave Avenue Greenspace in Prenton; Citrine Park in Seacombe, Leasowe Playing Fields in Leasowe, and The Delph in Liscard.

The council’s first planting took place on Saturday 13 November and more than 200 people have taken part to date.

A variety of trees have been planted to create woodland areas and orchards (fruit trees) as well as daffodils set amongst them. The trees have all been chosen so they are suitable for their area – making sure the right tree is planted in the right place.

More planting sessions are arranged over the next few months, with even more to follow.

If you would like to get involved, future tree plantings will be at:

  • Carr Bridge Road Greenspace, Upton on 11 December
  • Boundary Road Greenspace, Bidston on 8 January
  • Limekiln Lane, Seacombe on 15 January
  • Flynn’s Piece, Wallasey on 22 January

For more information on the tree plantings, visit the council’s website

To see the number of trees planted increase each month have a look at the council’s tree-o-meter . This will keep a running total as we aim to meet the target of 210,000 trees planted by 2030, set through the council’s Tree and Hedgerow Strategy

Image: School children and teacher planting a tree at Hargrave Avenue Greenspace, Prenton.

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