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Grab a spade and help create a jubilee legacy

Royal Borough: Call for volunteers to join planting of 8,000 in Ockwells Park

- By David Lee davidl@baylismedi­ @DavidLee_BM

A community tree planting day has been organised to help plant 8,000 trees at Ockwells Park.

The project is being spearheade­d by the Royal Borough and its charity partner Groundwork South to increase biodiversi­ty within the park.

The trees are being planted to extend and connect the existing woodlands around Thrift Wood, the extension of Ockwells Park that was bought by the council in 2016.

The council is hoping the initiative will create new scrub and woodland habitats which combine to form a 2km wildlife corridor running alongside the M4.

Green-fingered residents can help out by volunteeri­ng at the family tree planting day which runs from 11am to 3pm on Saturday, January 15.

Councillor Donna Stimson, cabinet member for climate change, sustainabi­lity, parks and countrysid­e, said: “Planting trees is an important part of our Environmen­t and Climate Strategy which sets out our vision and actions to achieve the borough’s net-zero emissions target by 2050 at the latest.

“We want to maximise the potential for tree planting on council-owned land to help sequester carbon dioxide, enhance biodiversi­ty and create green spaces for both residents and visitors to enjoy.”

The latest planting will be part of the Queen’s Green Canopy, an initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.

Once completed, it will bring the number of trees planted around the borough since 2019 to almost 20,000.

Volunteers attending the planting day on January 15 can park at Ockwells Café

and follow the signs for a 10minute walk to the tree planting site.

Children must be accompanie­d, do dress for outdoors and bring your own spade.

Anyone who can’t attend the event can get involved in planting sessions run by volunteer groups including GoodGym or The Conservati­on Volunteers. Email for further details.

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Trees in Ockwells Park, Cox Green. Ref:133557-2

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