Another 60 trees planted as Newport project continues

A tree-planting project to make a Shropshire town greener has seen 60 more saplings take up residence in a park in the last week.

Borough and town councillor mayor Peter Scott has been pushing the Newport Tree Project aiming to grow 1,000 trees in the next five years.

As part of a case study by Telford & Wrekin Council's sustainability team, he explained how it started, with help from local Scouts, Guides, Beavers and Cubs guides.

"I started my Newport Tree Project partly to assist with climate change and partly because of the amount of trees lost around the area due to housing development. I decided that I wanted to plant 1,000 trees over five years.

"I began by using the many free seeds available in the autumn of 2020 and planting them up. The result is that this year I have a number of oak, horse chestnut and other native species almost ready to go in the ground.

"I felt that a good use of my councillor's Pride Fund was to buy and plant more mature trees so that smaller whips could be planted in between and not be at risk from mowers.

The new trees at Norbroom Park

It has been important that any trees planted are in the right locations and won’t become a future problem to residents so I have been working with Telford & Wrekin Council and mostly planting on their land.

"I plan to plant a Covid Memorial Wood on Strine Park in Newport later this year using self-grown whips and larger specimens. The wood will be a green reminder of 2020 and the issues we all faced. Wild flower planting would also be a part of it.

"Another project is to encourage children of all ages to gather and plant wild tree seeds. The resultant trees could be planted in parks and areas all over the borough and be used to repair damaged hedgerows.

"It is a great way to introduce children to nature and they would be growing and planting their own trees which will grow over their lifetimes. With the help of Telford & Wrekin Council I am hoping to involve the community in Telford & Wrekin to give every child a chance to be part of a wider project."

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