More than 4,500 new trees have been planted on Golborne Park in a bid to create a cleaner, greener environment.
The trees have been planted as part of a partnership between Wigan Council, Golborne and Lowton West Voice, City of Trees and sponsorship from local business, Wetherby Building Systems Ltd.
Representatives from the local business were presented with a certificate of recognition to thank them for their contribution on 3 December.
It is hoped the new trees will contribute to a cleaner, greener borough as part of efforts to make the local landscape more resilient to the impacts of climate change and to allow nature to thrive.
Cllr Paul Prescott, Cabinet portfolio holder for environment at Wigan Council, said: “We are seeing more extreme weather becoming the norm with increased risks of flooding and hotter, dryer summers. This is why Wigan Council announced its climate emergency in 2019.
“Planting trees is an important part of reducing our vulnerability to climate change and we’re proud to have businesses in our borough like Wetherby Building Systems Ltd who are prepared to support our communities in this way, and 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 many benefits of trees
Trees provide a multitude of benefits for the local environment in both the long term and short term.
In addition to creating a positive environment for residents, trees play an important part in removing and storing carbon from the atmosphere, enhancing air quality and slowing heavy rainfall 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.”
Mark Arnold, Operations Manager for Wetherby Building Systems Ltd, said: “This is a fantastic project and we are proud to be involved and get behind the local community for such a worthwhile cause”.
The tree planting announcement coincided with National Tree Week (Saturday 27 November – Sunday 5 December) which aims to encourage people to celebrate and get involved in tree planting at the start of the winter planting season.
National Tree Week signals the start of an extensive programme of tree planting that the Council and its partners are planning for the season ahead thanks to funding from the government’s Nature for Climate Fund to help address climate change and support nature recovery.
Working to the principle of ‘the right tree in the right place’, the project team aims to plant trees in areas of vacant and derelict land, school sites, urban streets and other civic places.