Tree-planting day unites Warwick community against climate change - The Leamington Observer

Tree-planting day unites Warwick community against climate change

A SUCCESSFUL day’s tree-planting was had during a family day in Warwick.

Friends of Priory Park (FOPP) invited people to the park 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, aimed to ensure the character of the historic park was maintained and celebrated and to create an opportunity to discuss and address the climate emergency.

Volunteers planted small leaf lime trees including Warwick mayor Richard Edgington with Warwickshire’s Lord Lieutenant Tim Cox also stopping by to learn about the group’s efforts to offset climate change.

One of the trees was dedicated to FOPP chair and project organiser Jerry Birkbeck who passed away recently.

Friends deputy chair Dave Skinner said: “Jerry as FOPP’s chair was the initiator of the planting project and raised the funding from WCC’s Green Shoots fund.

“It was great to see the families digging and writing messages on leaves that went under the roots, as well as learning about the tree planting and about the park, following a nature trail.

“FOPP would like to thank WCC for the grant from the Green Shoots fund and WDC Green Spaces team for their ongoing support and assistance in planning the planting day.

“We were very pleased to meet lots of people passionate about the park and keen to help in the future.”

He added the Friends would meet soon to discuss more activities in the park.

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