Since declaring a climate emergency in 2019, the council has committed to planting more trees. Lots of them. By 2030 the council will have supported the planting of 210,000 trees, or 21,000, per year across the borough, doubling our tree canopy. For every dangerous tree that has to be cut down for public safety reasons, it will be replaced many times over. It will be a huge effort, and the council needs the help of the community.
Trees not only capture and store carbon, but they help prevent flooding, reduce air pollution, regulate temperature, and support local wildlife. They absorb carbon dioxide as they grow and the carbon that they store in their wood helps fight climate change.
They reduce wind speeds and cool the air as they lose moisture and reflect heat upwards from their leaves. It’s estimated that trees can reduce the temperature in a city by up to 7°C.
Trees also help prevent flooding and soil erosion, absorbing thousands of litres of stormwater.
Currently, the council is looking for volunteers to help plant over 10,000 saplings this winter.
You can get involved at:
- 13 November 2021 at Bentham Close Greenspace, Claughton
- 27 November 2021 at Leasowe Playing Fields
- 11 December 2021 at Carr Bridge Road Greenspace, Upton
- 8 January 2022 at Boundary Road Greenspace, Bidston
- 15 January 2022 at Limekiln Lane, Seacombe
- 22 January 2022 at Flynn’s Piece, Wallasey
Details will also be shared soon on upcoming edible hedgerow planting events which will take place this winter, creating a valuable habitat for both wildlife and people.
If you’re interested in getting involved in a community planting scheme near you, please visit www.wirral.gov.uk/wirraltrees to find out more. To sign up for an event please email firstname.lastname@example.org.