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Wirral plants first trees dedicated to the Queen’s Green Canopy

More than 60 volunteers got involved over the weekend to plant the first trees dedicated to the Queen’s Green Canopy.

The Queen’s Green Canopy is a tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 and invites groups, organisations and people across the UK to plant a tree during the official planting season between 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.

Leasowe Playing Fields is the fifth and latest community planting to take place to help the council meet its target of 21,000 trees to be planted annually until 2030.

The site is now home to 2,170 trees, planted by 65 volunteers on Saturday 27 November, as part of Wirral’s contribution to the Queen’s Green Canopy. 

Cllr Liz Grey, Chair of the Environment, Climate Emergency and Transport Committee at Wirral Council, said: “The council has an ambitious target to plant 21,000 trees every year until 2030 to help increase tree coverage across the borough. It’s great to see volunteers getting involved to help meet this goal and I’d like to thank all those that took part - especially considering the recent cold weather.

“Trees not only help to clean the air and reduce the effects of climate change by storing carbon but they help to reduce the impact of flooding and are a key part of the local environment. During a weekend where the storms caused a significant amount of damage to some of our trees, the planting of more than 2,000 new trees is very welcome news.”

Volunteers planting trees at Leasowe Playing Fields
Volunteers planting trees at Leasowe Playing Fields

More trees will be planted at the following sessions in the new year. All sessions start from 11am.

  • Saturday 8 January at Boundary Road Greenspace, Boundary Road, Bidston, CH43 9PD
  • Saturday 15 January at Limekiln Lane, Wallasey, CH44 5TG
  • Saturday 22 January at Flynn’s Piece, Grove Road, Wallasey, CH45 3HG
Just some of the 65 volunteers that helped plant the trees at Leasowe Playing Fields
Just some of the 65 volunteers that helped plant the trees at Leasowe Playing Fields

To get involved and sign up, please contact nicolawallbank@wirral.gov.uk

For more information about trees, visit the council’s website www.wirral.gov.uk/trees

All tree planting schemes as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy can be viewed on this map.