Local Lib Dems dig in to help with council's tree planting initiative


Our Batchwood councillors and candidates Liz, Sinéad and Jenni, as well as Cunningham councillor Jamie Day, were among the scores of volunteers who turned out last weekend to help plant hundreds of trees across St Albans.

At Everlasting Lane in Batchwood, 750 small ‘whips’ were planted, which will eventually grow into hedgerow.

Three other areas in St Albans also saw tree planting activity that day: Nomansland Common, near Wheathampstead, and Tallents Crescent and Westfield Road Cemetery, Harpenden. The events were organised by the Council with support from Hertfordshire County Council’s Countryside Management Service and the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, which is running the Wilder St Albans project.

Cllr Sinéad Howland said: “Initiatives like this are so important to help tackle the climate emergency while improving biodiversity – so it was fantastic to see so many Beavers, Cub, Scouts and Explorers and other young people out in force helping us.”

Cllr Jamie Day, also chair of the council’s climate advisory group, added: “This community involvement in our ambitious tree planting programme shows that our commitment to greening the District is fully supported by our residents.”

Our Lib Dem-controlled district council is planting 3,000 trees this year as part of its priority goals of tackling the climate emergency and improving the environment.


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