Charter comes to life as community comes together to expand woodland for the future.
An event to plant 800 new trees and mark the new Charter for Trees, Woods and People attracted a great turnout at the Countess of Chester Country Park on Saturday 14th April.
The new trees, which will benefit both wildlife and future generations of Chester residents, include oak, alder, silver birch, hornbeam, hazel, maple, crab apple and wild cherry.
Local ward member, Cllr Matt Bryan, who is a member of The Mersey Forest Steering Group said, "We had a brilliant day, the first sunny day on the year and planted 800 trees. Families and couples of all ages came to plant and we had a thoroughly great time. Added to the 3000 we planted last season, this brings the total to 3800 extra trees to enjoy in the park in the future."
Much of the park is located on a former landfill site next to the Countess of Chester Hospital, which was closed in the 1970s. It now provides paths and trails for walking, running and cycling, plus a range of habitats for wildlife. Woodland on the site is being expanded as part of a major partnership project.
The tree planting was supported by the Land Trust, Cheshire West and Chester Council, The Conservation Volunteers, Friends of the Countess of Chester Country Park and The Mersey Forest. The event was the first of a series
that aim to bring the new Tree Charter to life in our area.
Land Trust estate manager Sarah Palgrave-Neath added: "Since opening in September 2014, the park has become a thriving natural space for the whole community to enjoy. Only the other day a visitor commented to one of the 'Friends of the Park', this place gets better every day, there's always something new happening."
If you would like to get involved with helping to improve the Countess of Chester Country Park contact the Friends of the Countess of Chester Country Park at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Sarah Palgrave-Neath at 01925 852005 for more information.