High Sheriff of Warwickshire aims to plant 689 trees - The Leamington Observer

High Sheriff of Warwickshire aims to plant 689 trees

Leamington Editorial 2nd Nov, 2023   0

THE HIGH sheriff of Warwickshire is offering to lend a spade in her bid to plant 689 trees.

Sophie Hilleary is the 689th high sheriff of Warwickshire and has set out her bold ambition to plant the same number of trees across the county during the 2023/34 tree planting season, which begins in November.

The high sheriff will be helping out with Warwickshire County Council’s seasonal tree planting and is also wanting to get involved with any community or voluntary groups who have tree planting planned.

Sophie is offering to give a day a week of her time and labour, from mid-November until the end of her tenure as high sheriff in March 2024, to get stuck in with any tree-planting project across the county.

In return for getting her involved in tree planting, Sophie will do her bit to raise awareness of the organisation and their tree-planting projects through her social media channels and website.

Any organisation who wants to get Sophie involved in their tree planting can email [email protected]

Sophie said: “I am keen to get 689 whips planted as soon as possible, but I also particularly want to make sure that by doing this as a High Sheriff project, it can also add value and awareness to any other tree planting projects that may be being planned in the county, so I hope anyone considering a similar initiative will get in touch.”

WCC leader Coun Izzi Seccombe added: “We are so fortunate that we live in Warwickshire, a county with such a wide array of outstanding natural beauty and equally fortunate to have had a succession of outstanding high sheriffs who are keen to play their part on maintaining it.

“Sophie’s commitment to planting 689 new trees in Warwickshire is a wonderful idea and will create new habitats for wildlife and increase biodiversity while also capturing CO2 and harmful particulates from the air. I hope our community and voluntary sector take this opportunity to work with our high sheriff to create a greener Warwickshire this tree-planting season.”

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