Tree-planting day this Saturday aims to unite community against climate change - The Leamington Observer

Tree-planting day this Saturday aims to unite community against climate change

Leamington Editorial 24th Feb, 2022   0

A DAY of tree-planting in Warwick aims to bring together the community to help fight climate change.

Friends of Priory Park, Warwick (FOPP) are inviting people to Priory Park for a free, family day to support the planting of seven new trees on Saturday February 26.

The project, developed by FOPP with the support of Warwick District Council (WDC), and funded by Warwickshire County Council’s (WCC) Green Shoots Community Climate Change Fund, aims to ensure the character of the historic park is maintained and celebrated and to create an opportunity to discuss and address the climate emergency.

FOPP deputy chairman Dave Skinner said: “The use of parks and green spaces has seen a huge rise in visitor numbers during the pandemic and FOPP is keen for residents and visitors to the area to discover or rediscover one of the town’s incredible natural assets.

“This day of free activities and tree planting is a brilliant opportunity for members of our community to contribute seven more beautiful small leaf lime trees to the arboretum for future generations to enjoy and a chance to find out about FOPP and the park.”

FOPP will be on site from 9am to dig holes for the trees to be planted throughout the day. People of all ages and abilities are invited to bring spades, shovels and forks to dig in or to provide moral support from the sidelines.

A free, family-friendly workshop and self-led history and nature trail will also be available.

FOPP chairman Jerry Birkbeck added: “We are delighted to have received funding from the WCC Green Shoots Community Climate Change Fund. It has enabled us to purchase and plant seven new trees to address the climate emergency. We are also grateful for WDC’s Green Spaces team’s ongoing support, who work tirelessly on the management of Priory Park.”

The day will be subject to weather conditions.

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