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1,500 new trees to be planted with local community help

Published Thursday, 21st November 2019

Autumn trees in early morning

Green-fingered volunteers are being sought to help plant 1,500 new trees, as the tree planting season in Southend-on-Sea gets into full flow.

Three community tree planting days are set to take place next week at St Mary’s Green – the open space between St Mary The Virgin Parish Church and ASDA in Shoeburyness. These planting sessions are planned as part of National Tree Week, which celebrates the start of the winter tree planting season.

With the help of volunteers, the council aims to plant 1,500 tree whips over the three days. Volunteers will need to ensure they wear suitable clothing, sturdy boots and gardening gloves and although the council will have spades and provide the tree whips to plant, they can bring along their favourite digging implement if they like.

The three planting sessions will last two hours each, with the aim of enhancing the green space and creating additional habitat for wildlife. The sessions are as follows:

  • Tuesday 26 November from 10am - 12pm  
  • Thursday 28 November from 11am - 1pm  
  • Saturday 30 November from 10am - 12pm

Paul Jenkinson, head of parks and open spaces, said: “The council is committed to enhancing the number of trees we have across the borough and we are keen to push on with our new tree policy which will see an additional 1,000 standard trees planted over the coming three years, on top of those already planned. We know how important trees are for the environment, but also for how people feel about where they live, and so it is great that as part of National Tree Week we can plant 1,500 tree whips in an area that has room for more trees.

“We want to ensure that our communities are at the heart of our planting as we know there are many passionate residents who would like to be involved, and community planting sessions are a great way for local people to do their bit. The three days in Shoebury will be followed by further community planting days throughout the winter, which we will promote in due course.”

Alongside the community planting sessions, 70 new standard trees have also been planted this month across the Borough, with more to follow. To find out more about tree planting in Southend, and to find out which species of trees are being planted across the borough, please visit our We Love Trees page.