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Planting trees for the Jubilee

by Cathy Sheel

A new woodland is coming to Knowsley, as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy tree planting initiative.

The Queen’s Green Canopy scheme – part of celebrations across the country to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee – will see around 6,500 trees planted at Roby Fields in Huyton.

The planting got underway at a celebration event attended by Knowsley Council Leader Cllr Graham Morgan, alongside the High Sheriff of Merseyside Nigel Lanceley, Deputy Lieutenant and Merseyside Lead for the Queen’s Green Canopy John Roberts, local councillors, school children and residents.

The scheme will be made up of native trees planted to create a woodland including a mix of Oak, Cherry, Field Maple and Silver Birch trees. The trees have been funded by The Mersey Forest as part of the Northern Forest delivery programme.

Leader of Knowsley Council: Cllr Graham Morgan, said: “We are delighted to be planting this new woodland as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative. This is creating yet another fabulous green asset for the borough, which will bring significant and long-lasting benefits to our communities today and for generations to come.”

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods 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. Our proactive approach to tree planting in the borough is also a vital part of our action to combat climate change as outlined in our Climate Change Emergency Declaration last year.”

Paul Nolan, Director of the Mersey Forest, said: “We’re pleased to be supporting Knowsley Council with another tree planting project in the borough which will join many others across the country to mark the Queen’s Jubilee. Every tree planted in Merseyside and Cheshire helps grow the Mersey Forest and the larger Northern Forest, which stretches from Liverpool to the Yorkshire coast. Knowsley has been a core partner in the Mersey Forest from its inception.”

The Queen’s Green Canopy planting scheme is the latest initiative to bring new trees and wooded areas to Knowsley. Last year, the council successfully secured £1.376m from the £10m England Urban Tree Challenge Fund, with the help of the Mersey Forest, to plant 2,728 trees across the borough.

Tree planting brings 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.