Volunteers celebrate after planting nearly 9,000 trees

Volunteers celebrate after planting nearly 9,000 trees

by Henry James (April 2021)

DURING this year’s tree planting season from November 2020 to March 2021, 8,917 trees have been planted in Maghull by volunteers.

This was achieved through collaboration with the Friends of Maghull & District (FOMD), Maghull Town Council (MTC) and Mersey Forest (MF).

Negotiations started in April 2019 and were brought about following FOMD’s Stafford Moreton Way environmental charity project (2019/21) which led to contact with MF, and considerable planning over the last two years.

Dr Frank Sharp (FOMD Trustee) said: “Ultimately, these trees will help reduce pollution, massively increase biodiversity, and have an increasing evidence base for human health/wellness.

“We also hope that this can be the first part of our responsibility in addressing the ‘Climate Emergency’ and ‘Green Recovery’ both locally and nationally. While compensating for the loss of 50 mature trees three years ago following a risk assessment.”

The trees have been planted at: Bobby’s Wood/Woodend (more than 1,503) including standards, Moss Side Cricket Field and Neighbouring Park Lane (357) St Georges Primary School (20), Milbank Lane (1,485), Claremont Ave (10 standards), Deyes Lane (7 standards).

Dr Sharp added: “The pressure to get the last trees planted was heightened at Hall Lane and Pimbley Field (1,535) as we only had a week before the end of the tree planting season in March to plant them, while also overcoming several late logistical, and time-consuming ground preparation problems, compounded by pandemic restrictions.

“The community’s response to the tree planting has been absolutely incredible particularly in the latter stage we started with a handful of socially distanced hardy, keen volunteers for most of the weekdays.

“It was an absolute delight to meet everybody and really inspiring to have met such a cheerful group, full of banter and interest. We have also been overwhelmed by the countless positive motivational comments and interest in the project from everybody who passed by.”

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