Supporting Local Tree Planting
Wetherby’s donation has enabled approximately 4,500 trees to be planted on Golborne Park; making the local landscape more resilient to the impacts of climate change. It will completely transform the former coalmining site into an attractive place for nature to thrive and the public to enjoy.
What does tree planting achieve?
Trees and dense hedges provide a multitude of long and short term benefits. Not only are they aesthetically attractive, they help to remove and store carbon from the atmosphere, enhance air quality and slow heavy rain fall. This is turn helps to reduce the risk of flooding.
Beth Kelsall, Delivery Co-ordinator at City of Trees said, “There are opportunities for communities, schools, businesses and landowners to get involved in our planting mission. We all have a fantastic opportunity to work collectively to improve our living environment, whilst tackling climate change at the same time.”
Councillor Paul Prescott, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment at Wigan Council said:
“We’re in a climate emergency, with more extreme weather becoming the norm. In particular, we are at a greater risk of flooding. This is why Wigan Council announced its climate emergency in 2019.
“Planting trees is an important part of reducing our vulnerability to climate change. We’re proud to have businesses in our borough like Wetherby Building Systems Ltd; along with other companies who proactively support our communities in this way. We are also very fortunate in Wigan Borough to have so many wonderful green spaces for us all to enjoy.
“That’s why I’m delighted to be working in partnership on this project, which complements the ongoing efforts of the Council, City of Trees and community groups like Golborne and Lowton West Voice across our borough to reduce our carbon footprint.”
The donation coincided with 2021’s National Tree Week (Saturday 27 November – Sunday 5 December). National Tree Week signals the start of an extensive programme of tree planting that the Council and its partners are planning for the winter season. All thanks to funding from the Governments Nature for Climate Fund to help address climate change and support nature recovery.
The project teams are working to the principle of ‘the right tree in the right place’. Their aims are to plant trees in areas of vacant/derelict land school sites, urban streets and other civic places.
Mark Arnold, Operations Manager for Wetherby Building Systems Ltd, said. “This is a fantastic project and we are proud to have been involved. Since Golborne Park sits directly on the border of our HQ premises, this cause is genuinely very close to home. We are delighted for the opportunity to work alongside the project partners. Furthermore, it is a pleasure to make a long-term investment in the local community”.