Tree planting scheme is branching out

By Tim Clarke Monday 03 December 2012 Updated: 05/12 09:33

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Buy photos » Lisa Smith, assistant park warden, Danny Chamberlain, from Mencap and James Birbeck, from the Duckworth Worcestershire Trust, plant trees at the King George V playing fields in Brickfields. Picture by Marcus Mingins 4812032MMR

A MAMMOTH tree planting programme is beginning to branch out across the city.

Worcester City Council has joined forces with national charity Trees for Cities for the second year running as part of its efforts to plant more trees in Worcester.

Over the last few years the city has lost many trees due to a combination of storms, flooding and vandalism.

Cecil Duckworth and volunteers from the Duckworth Worcestershire Trust will be planting ten more small leaved Lime trees on Pitchcroft Park to line the footpath and cycle ways which surround it.

They will be joined by students from the Worcester College of Technology

The trees will complement ten others which were planted last year.

The city council is aiming to recruit an army of 180 volunteers to help with tree planting and maintenance at Brickfields, Pitchcroft and Warndon Parks and Perdiswell Common.

“It is difficult to imagine how colourless Worcester’s landscape would be with no trees,” said Cecil Duckworth, founder of the Duckworth Trust.

“We take their presence for granted, but in actual fact we are dependent on long term planting programmes like‘Trees for Cities to ensure that generations to come will enjoy their natural beauty in and around the city too.”

Anyone interested in volunteering at a tree planting session can call Warwick Neale on 07901 717034.

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