A RALLYING call has been issued to residents to come and help plant 18,000 trees before Christmas with the first event this Sunday, November 21, in Tile Hill.
Coventry City Council wants to plant 360,000 trees in the next ten years – one for every resident – in a bid to combat CO2 and climate change.
Sunday’s planting takes place between 10am and 2pm in Floyds Field (off Tanners Lane).
The Rangers team will be supporting local groups and any volunteers which would like to help plant hundreds of trees this weekend as part of the long-term commitment. People can just turn up during the four hours (sensible shoes are recommended as it looks set to be muddy).
Coun Abdul Salam Khan, Deputy Leader of Coventry City Council and Cabinet member for Parks, said, “This initiative across the city is something that will benefit all residents and is a great way to get involved in helping the environment. My thanks go to all the volunteers and helpers making this happen.”
This is just one of a whole series of tree planting events taking place across the city in November and December including Allesley Park, Sowe Common, Longford Park, Floyds Field and Park Wood as we kick off this year’s tree-planting season, hoping to plant just shy of 18,000 trees.
Coun Patricia Hetherton, Cabinet Member for City Services, added: ”Our parks and green spaces have been, quite rightly, highly valued over recent months.
“They are a haven for wildlife and a place for local people to play, relax, meet up and stretch their legs.
“Trees are beautiful, evolving through the seasons but they also play a vital role in helping us to combat climate change.
“We will be planning native trees, grown south of us with an eye on the changing weather patterns. I hope lots of people will want to get out and help and then over the year watch as these saplings grow to form new woodlands.”
The wide variety of new trees will not only provide habitats and homes for wildlife, but also help combat air pollution as well as providing green spaces for everyone to enjoy.
The trees are being provided by Trees for Cities, a UK charity that works to plant trees globally.
For more information around the tree planting dates and volunteering click here.