42 trees planted in Wootton to celebrate 50 years of National Tree Week

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Last Tuesday 28th November, during National Tree Week (Nov 27th – Dec 5th), as part of a wonderful community project, Wootton Parish Council planted 42 large trees.

With the support of children from Caroline Chisholm School and Preston Hedges Primary, residents, and local groups including Northampton Rotary Club and Climate Action – West Northamptonshire and the Wild About Wootton volunteer team, all 42 trees were successfully planted, staked, and caged during the day.

The scheme has been funded by The Urban Tree Challenge Fund and Wootton Parish Council and was overseen by urban tree expert Russell Horsey and his team from www.woodlanddwelling.co.uk.

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Councillor Helen Hodgkinson from Wootton Parish Council, who led the project, said: “Trees bring so many benefits to people, places and our planet and to be able to coordinate this project with the support of so many within the community has been a real privilege. Trees are important on so many levels including reducing noise and air pollution, lowering surface temperatures in our urban areas during the summer months, providing shade for our residents and, importantly, providing habitat to support our wildlife and insect populations. Having so many local school children involved in the planting event was very special as we want to make sure we’re protecting our local environment for future generations to come.”

Russell Horsey from Woodland Dwelling added: "It was great to be back planting with residents and businesses in Wootton again last week. Last year’s avenue is growing well, and these new trees will make a huge difference locally. It was also good to hear so much positive feedback from residents keen to get stuck in and help improve their local open spaces."

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