MORE than 1,200 trees have been planted at Leamington’s Newbold Comyn.
Warwick District Council has joined forces with the Dunsmore Living Landscape Scheme to plant the trees with the help of volunteers.
Funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund has allowed the community to plant a hectare of trees, helping to support the biodiversity and bringing a mix of native species. Once established, the area will have two paths running through it which will link to existing paths.
Three planting sessions have taken place so far, involving Severn Trent Corporate Wild Work Party, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association and Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Leam Valley volunteers.
WDC leader Andrew Day was among those who dug in during the latest session.
He said: “We are really pleased to be enhancing what is already a wonderful public space at Newbold Comyn.
“By planting native species in an area that was once part of a golf course, we’re ensuring that the right trees are in the right place for the future. This is all about encouraging nature, creating a thriving and inspiring outdoor place to not only address climate change, but boost our mental health and wellbeing.”
For volunteers from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Community, the occasion also marked the centenary of the formation their women’s branch.
Regional president Iftikhar un Nisa Yusaf said: “Planting trees is such a wonderful way to celebrate our centenary and the good work our Muslim women do, while also benefiting our local environment and reducing the carbon footprint to leave the world a better place for our future generations.”
The planting is part of the council’s on-going ‘Trees for our Future’ initiative, to plant a tree for every resident in the district.