Last push for planting 7,000 new trees in Blackburn with Darwen

Published Thursday 24 March 2022 at 12:14

Blackburn with Darwen Council is calling for volunteers to help with two final tree planting sessions next week.

Volunteers, residents and community groups have already braved wet and cold weather to plant 5,000 trees – with only 2,000 left to plant before the end of March – a fantastic achievement for all involved.

Councillor Zainab Rawat, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s Assistant Executive Member for Growth and Development, said:

We’ve been delighted with the response to this initiative and would like to thank everyone who has volunteered so far.

The whole community has pulled together including schools, residents and community groups and we’re very grateful for people’s time and efforts.

Community tree planting plays a key role in addressing climate change and allows us to increase tree cover, protect soils and enhance our natural carbon stores.

The optimal tree planting season runs between October and the end of March.

Councillor Rawat added:

The final two sessions will be held in Darwen next week to help protect the health of the tree whips before Spring takes hold and that is why we are urgently calling for people to help with this last push.

Everyone is welcome to help, no matter their age and all equipment will be provided.

Tree planting is a really enjoyable yet important community activity, and in addition to the environmental benefits, also helps us to raise awareness of the importance of caring for our trees and woodland.

The borough’s efforts will enable 7,000 new trees to be planted and these trees will be enjoyed for generations to come.

The final two sessions will be held in Darwen:

 Tuesday 29th March – Priory Drive, Darwen, BB3 3PT – 10am start finish by 1pm

 Thursday 31st March – Edward Street, Darwen, BB3 1AY – 10am start finish by 1pm

Volunteers do not need to register, please just turn up on the day.

Warm clothing and sturdy footwear such as wellies or boots should be worn as it may be muddy.

Equipment will be provided but if you do have a spade and gloves, please do bring them along.

Children are welcome to attend but must be accompanied by an adult.

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