Urban Communities Get Planting
The Forestry Commission has funded The Tree Council to deliver 4 projects in 4 cities to get the ball rolling for The Big Tree Plant. These projects will be about getting communities engaged in tree planting as well as caring for their local trees.
The Tree Council worked with the Friends of Newcastle Trees, the voluntary group in Newcastle who co-ordinate the Tree Wardens, to identify a tree planting project that would have a big impact, help raise the profile of trees in the city and recruit more Tree Warden volunteers.
With the support of the city council the Tree Wardens identified that there was a need to replant lost trees around the Town Moor - they found 41 possible sites for trees along two main roads into the city.
The next step was to contact local community groups, schools, university societies and local residents to see if they would be interested in planting a tree.
Lime trees were then chosen because they are good for bees and also match what has prevoiusly been planted.
And finally the tree planting took place over two lovely spring days in March, local groups booked in to plant a tree and city council staff delivered the trees and were on hand to help with the planting.
Volunteers tree planters included:
- Tree Wardens
- local school children
- university students
- a local orchard group
- the allotment scociety
- freemen of the city
- the local community.
People who came to the tree planting days were also asked to suggest more planting sites and those that expressed an interest will be invited to future community tree planting events.To find out more about The Big Tree Plant go to The Big Tree Plant
To find an event near you go to Events Map
To find out more about Newcastle Tree Wardens go to our Tree Warden network page for Newcastle