1,000 trees to be planted following Storm Arwen damage

1,000 trees to be planted following Storm Arwen damage

by Tom Martin (December 2021)

A TOTAL of 1,000 trees will be planted across Sefton – a week after the borough lost more than 100 due to the recent Storm Arwen.

The Champion reported last week how a large number of trees were either felled or damaged due to strong winds overnight on Friday, November 26, notably in Formby with 20 trees blown down on one single street.

The council say they are still trying to clear up the mess left behind from Storm Arwen, which they say could last for several more weeks.

In the meantime, the local authority has pledged to plant 1,000 new trees, which have been donated by The Mersey Forest, and the project will be carried out in the coming months with support from community groups.

The announcement coincides with the start of the planting season during which the council is hoping to plant around 270 large ‘standard’ trees.

During the last planting season, Green Sefton Tree and Woodland officers oversaw the planting of 3,230 new trees that branched across 19 of the borough’s wards in parks, woodland areas and along its highways.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Sefton is a clean, green and beautiful place to live in and to visit. The council is dedicated to maintaining its green spaces, which includes looking after 90,000 trees in our parks and on the highway, as well as countless more on the coast.

“Just last weekend the team were working through the night managing more than 100 incidents of damage and fallen trees as a result of Storm Arwen. The aftermath of the storm was heart-breaking to see, with many mature trees falling victim to the extreme winds. I would ask residents to be patient as our small team coordinate the clear up, which is likely to take several weeks.

“We will do all we can to ensure that new trees are planted for those sadly lost to the storm, within resources and funding available, but this additional workload will inevitably have an impact on the forthcoming planting season. That is why it is vital that we continue to work alongside community groups and partners to drive forward more planting year on year.”

Paul Nolan, Director of The Mersey Forest, said: “Sefton is a key Partner in the Mersey Forest and we are pleased to be supporting the council team to plant even more trees across the area this tree planting season. Trees provide a range of benefits for both the climate, environment and residents, helping people to connect with nature and the many health and wellbeing benefits that this provides.”

Sefton Council has also been successful in a bid for Government funding, thanks to its proactive efforts seeking out and submitting applications for investment in tree planting initiatives.

It will soon receive £41,873 as part of the Urban Tree Challenge Fund (UTCF), which will support the planting of 44,000 large ‘standard’ trees across the UK by 2023. In Sefton, the additional funds will support the planting of 100 trees.

 



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