An innovative scheme devised by South Ribble Borough Council to help the environment and get the public involved in green initiatives saw hundreds of trees given away for free at an event in Leyland recently.
The tree giveaway at Worden Park on Saturday 16 November was a smash hit with residents from all areas of the borough – with all the stock getting snapped up within three and a half hours.
In total, 225 small trees were handed out, free of charge, along with advice on how to plant and care for them.
3,150 whips for hedging were also distributed amongst the hundreds of happy recipients who came to the event.
Three types of tree were available: rowan, crab apple, and bird cherry.
The same varieties of whips were available too – suitable for hedging.
With a maximum allocation of one tree per household, plus a few metres of hedging, the giveaway has benefited hundreds of residents – including families, children, a Scout Group, and the Friends of Worden Park, who all came down to claim their free tree.
Many parents attended along with their young sons and daughters, saying that they wanted their little ones to be able to watch something grow and understand the importance of the environment and the outside world and what we do with it.
Others said they were “planting a tree for the future”.
John Robertson, a member of the Friends of Worden Park, came to get a tree for the park.
John said: “The Friends Group meets on the last Saturday of every month, behind the conservatory in the park. We work from 10:00 until 12:00 on projects in Worden Park to make sure it looks as fabulous as it can do. I’d encourage everyone to come and join us!”
The tree giveaway forms part of a larger initiative by the council, which seeks to plant 110,000 trees in South Ribble – one for every resident.
More details about ‘Our Big Tree Plant’ will be revealed by the council soon.
In the meantime, if you collected a tree at our tree giveaway in Worden Park, make sure to send us your photos of how they are progressing!
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