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Take some tree time in 2023

by Cathy Sheel

National Tree Week kicks off on Saturday 25 November and Knowsley Council is encouraging residents to take some tree time to grow a tree in 2023.

Organised by The Tree Council, National Tree Week is the UK’s largest annual tree celebration. Each year, the country’s conservation sector, volunteer groups and tree-lovers come together to plant thousands of trees to mark the start of the tree planting season.

This year’s National Tree Week is extra special as it marks the 50th anniversary of the famous ‘Plant a Tree in 73’ campaign – from which National Tree Week (and The Tree Council) was born!

To pay homage to those foundations, The Tree Council want as many people as possible to have the opportunity to Grow a Tree in ‘23.

Knowsley Council is running a number of Tree Awareness Workshops to support residents to get involved. At the workshops, residents can learn about good tree practices such as planting and maintenance as well as promoting the benefits of trees in our parks and green spaces.

Residents will also have the opportunity to speak to members of the Environmental Sustainability team and take some free resources to help learn more about tree identification and care.

Friends of the parks groups will be in attendance at some of the events promoting volunteering opportunities and the range of events and activities taking place in the borough’s parks.

Tree Awareness Workshops – Event timetable

Court Hey Park, The Courtyard: Monday, 27 November 1pm – 3pm with Friends of Court Hey

Stadt Moers Park, Environment Centre: Tuesday, 28 November 10am – 12pm with Stadt Moers Friends

Jubilee Park, Jubilee Pavilion: Wednesday, 29 November time 10am – 12pm

Mill Dam Park: Thursday 30 November – 10am – 12pm

Halewood Triangle, Halewood Environment Centre: Friday 1 December – 1pm – 3pm

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said: “National Tree Week is a fantastic opportunity for residents to find out more about horticulture and growing their own tree.

“It is also a chance for residents to get out in some of our borough’s green spaces and take time for themselves. That could be going for a walk and identifying the different types of tree or simply enjoying some peace and mindfulness amongst them.”