The latest phase of a major tree planting scheme to bring almost 3,000 new trees to Knowsley is now underway.
Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, attended Memorial Park in Kirkby to mark the latest phase of the Urban Tree Challenge Fund project.
Earlier this year, the council successfully secured £1.376m from the £10m England Urban Tree Challenge Fund, with the help of Mersey Forest, to plant 2,728 trees across the borough. This is an ambitious programme and the largest tree planting project the council has ever embarked on.
Over 40 different tree species will be planted across a wide range of locations including parks, green spaces, as well as new housing estates. Housing estates which currently have few trees will also feature in the programme.
The tree planting will bring many benefits to communities, including temperature moderation, flood risk reduction, as well as improving the wellbeing of residents and appearance of neighbourhoods. It will also be integral to meeting the council’s target of reducing carbon emissions to net zero by 2040 and help support local wildlife.
So far 614 trees have been planted as part of the Year 1 programme, with the remaining 2,114 trees to be planted over the next four months.
Cllr Powell said: “We all know that trees have a huge impact on the appearance of our neighbourhoods and can play a part in improving the wellbeing of those who live there. We are delighted to be one of the major beneficiaries of the Urban Tree Challenge Fund as this planting programme will bring significant and long-lasting benefits to our communities today and for generations to come.”
Cllr Powell (right) is pictured with parks’ workers (L-R) Johnathan Atherton and Michael Rowen.