Treemendous effort by green fingered volunteers

Published Thursday, 19 December 2019

Green fingered adults and children pulled on their wellies and grabbed a spade on Saturday (14 December) and dug in to help plant trees at Burbage Common.

Around 70 volunteers came along and planted hundreds of trees which had been supplied by the Borough Council and the Woodland Trust.  

The session at Burbage Common was one of two public planting sessions this month that were organised in support of the Woodland Trust’s Big Climate Fightback campaign which aims to plant trees in publicly accessible areas. The charity wants to get more than a million people to pledge to plant a tree this year and by 2025, it hopes to have planted a tree for every person in the country. 

Executive Member for Parks and Open Spaces at the Borough Council, Cllr Bill Crooks said: “Thanks to everyone who came along and helped on Saturday, it was great to see so many joining in. We love our green spaces in the borough and the new trees that we’re planting this winter will make our green spaces even better for future generations. Planting trees is one of the simplest ways of reducing carbon emissions in the atmosphere and it’s just one of a number of measures we will be taking to tackle climate change.”

The Woodland Trust provides free tree packs for community groups and schools who would like to get involved and organise a tree planting session. All of the trees provided by the charity will be native broadleaf varieties, such as oak, birch and hawthorn. Please see the Woodland Trust’s website (woodlandtrust.org.uk) for more details.