Over 200 native trees have been planted in Bootle as part of the Green Dream project to celebrate The Tree Council’s National Tree week.
The Green Dream project is a community environmental project, funded by Veolia Environmental Trust, which started in March 2013.
The scheme is an urban food growing and community environmental project based on four acres of land in the centre of Bootle. So far, the project has harvested one ton of fruit and vegetables and has planted over 500 trees, shrubs and hedgerow plants.
Andrea Ku, Green Dream Project Coordinator, told JMU Journalism: “It’s important to look after wildlife in the city, not just in the countryside or rural areas. By planting trees now, we are making a difference in our environment to help create cleaner air for us to breathe, and homes and for lots of wildlife.”
The trees were planted in a four acre site in the heart of urban Bootle and were a mixture of Oak, Rowan, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Silver Birch and Hazel. The project was awarded 420 trees from The Woodland Trust, and the vountary team will continue to plant the trees for the rest of the week.
Mike Smithson, a volunteer from Birkdale, told JMU Journalism: “I am delighted to be part of this tree planting event and knowing that it’s good for wildlife makes it even better!”
National Tree Week is celebrated all over the UK from Saturday 23rd November until Sunday 1st December. It first started in 1975 and is the UK’s largest tree celebration annually launching the start of the winter tree planting season.