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Tree planting will mark Queen’s Jubilee

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Dozens of new trees will be planted in both Newton-le-Willows and Earlestown as part of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations this year. 
St Helens Borough Council has given its support to the Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) tree planting initiative, which will see hundreds of trees planted in 2022.

The Queen’s Green Canopy is a unique scheme that invites people and organisations from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee” to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee (70 years of service) in 2022. In St Helens, the new trees are being funded by Urban Tree Challenge Funding, in partnership with The Mersey Forest.

Working with ward councillors, St Helens Borough Council has identified 31 sites covering every ward in the borough, with new trees to be planted within the six-month tree planting season, October to March.

The planting will concentrate on the borough’s 19 parks, but there will also be new trees at local schools, town centres, and urban residential areas – supporting the council’s new Climate Response Plan and its emerging biodiversity strategy.

In Earlestown the trees will be planted at Tully Park and King George V Playing Field.

Whilst in Newton, the planting will be on Tyrer Road.

Get involved and plant a tree for the jubilee!

Residents, community and volunteer groups, local businesses, schools and landlords are all being encouraged to get involved. Visit the Queen’s Canopy website to find out how to plant a tree of your own.

And in addition to the Queen’s Green Canopy scheme, the council have been working with The Mersey Forest to secure funding and to develop a wider programme of tree planting across the borough, delivered through the government’s Urban Tree Challenge Fund.

St Helens Borough Council will receive £118,825 to plant 269 large trees in this planting season.

Across the region The Mersey Forest will support the planting of more than 2,000 new trees over two seasons, supported by a £906,131 grant, across its woodlands in St Helens, Sefton, Liverpool Wirral, Cheshire East and Maghull.

The two planting seasons are October 2021 to March 2022 and October 2022 to December 2022.

During the last tree planting season over winter 2020/2021, 123 additional trees were planted in the borough, with the Queen’s Green Canopy complementing the council’s existing planting commitments.

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