It’s National Tree Week, and Fylde Council are marking the occasion with a series of tree-planting events across the borough!
Over the coming weeks, a total of 600 trees will be planted in parks across Fylde, including Ashton Gardens, Fairhaven Lake, and Lowther Gardens, thanks to the hard work of Council’s tree team, the Fylde Ranger Service, and the dedication of local partners and volunteers.
This seasonal tree-planting spree is part of the ongoing annual process to improve tree canopy cover across Fylde, boosting biodiversity and contributing to carbon management, and will bring the total of trees planted in Fylde’s parks and open spaces over the past two years by Fylde Council and its partners to over 2,000.
Cllr Thomas Threlfall, Chairman of the Environment, Health and Housing Committee, said: “I’m delighted to see these wonderful trees now being planted following extensive discussions to identify locations between myself and Vice Chairmen. These will most definitely make a difference for generations to come, and it really does fill me with a sense of pride that the work has now begun.”
The species of trees to be planted are native British trees chosen to thrive in the coastal environment, and as part of the continuous campaign, more planting is already scheduled for next winter and thereafter.
Cllr Christopher Dixon, Deputy Chair of the Environment Health and Housing Committee added:
“Despite the fact we have large swathes or rural space, Fylde actually has a low level of tree cover. In fact, it is because of this rural space – working farmers fields where trees simply cannot be planted for obvious reasons – that we have low levels of tree coverage.”
“We want to see thousands more trees in the ground. They always improve an area and help with air quality. And it’s always nice to see schools getting involved so children understand why trees are so important, and see the fruits of their labour grow over the years.”
“We’re planting where we can on council-owned and managed land to increase the number of trees in the borough – but we only have so much.”
“If anyone owns an area where tree planting would be welcome then please let us know. There are several schemes where we can get trees for free and we would gladly set up a community event, such as those our Rangers have been holding these past few weeks, to help plant them.”
National Tree Week 2022 runs from Saturday 26 November to Sunday 4 December, and is the UK’s largest annual tree celebration. Each year, the country’s conservation sector, volunteer groups and tree-lovers come together to plant thousands of trees to mark the start of the annual tree planting season. To read more about National Tree Week, visit the official website.
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