Hundreds of trees have been planted across Bath in a series of community tree planting events during winter 2019.
Over the winter Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Parks and Green Spaces has supported four community planting events, which saw over 800 trees and 600 hedgerow shrubs planted across the city.
Community groups, residents, and students turned out in force to plant the trees in Innox Park in Twerton, Weston Park, Moorfields Park and Kensington Meadows.
The trees, which include Silver Birch, Oak and Cherry, will benefit residents for generations to come helping to improve air quality, encouraging wildlife and providing shade and fruit for park visitors.
Denise Hart, the council’s Tree Manager, said “This winter’s community tree planting events have been an incredible success. Trees are an essential part of our natural life support system and an important feature of the city’s World Heritage status. Perhaps most importantly the events bought local people together to have fun whilst making a real and long-lasting difference to local parks and green spaces.”
Katie Tinne, from Friends of Kensington Meadows said “We really enjoyed helping to organise the community tree planting day and seeing so many people working together to improve this wonderful green space. Lots of families came along and it was fantastic to see children learning about the trees, having close encounters with earth worms and making new friends whilst exploring one of Bath’s many great green spaces.”
The council’s Parks and Green Spaces department has responsibility for trees across the district including managing approximately 32,000 trees on council owned land, clearing fallen trees from highways, implementing new tree schemes and administering statutory measures to protect private trees.
Following the success of our Spring event we are holding a tree sale. The aim is to help drive forward our goal to plant 100,000 trees in the B&NES area by May 2022. We simply don't have enough council land on which to plant that many trees so we are inviting our B&NES residents to get involved. The trees are being sold at 80% discount and the money raised will be reinvested to buy more trees to keep the programme running to find out more, please go to https://www.bathnes.gov.uk/treegiveaway