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93-year-old Jim shows how tree planting is done

22 March 2012

  • Pauline, Kim and Peter pose with one of the planted trees
  • Peter holds tree stake in position while Jim wields a mallet
  • Peter and Jim digging with gusto

Volunteers young and old have taken part in The Big Tree Plant campaign in recent months, but none quite so senior as Runcorn's Jim Peers (centre), quite possibly the oldest person in our 20-year history to plant a tree as part of The Mersey Forest.

The 93-year-old planted two ash trees and one field maple outside the new community room at his home at Hanover Court, a retirement estate run by Hanover Housing Association.


"This was the first tree I've ever planted but it just goes to show it's never too late to start!"

Mr Peers, who worked on Liverpool's docks for 51 years and was torpedoed while serving at sea during the Second World War, said: "I like to keep active and I've enjoyed getting involved in making the new community room happen. This was the first tree I've ever planted but it just goes to show it's never too late to start!"


Mr Peers was joined by fellow resident Peter Griffiths and Hanover Court's Estate Manager Pauline Holding, who said: "It will be great for people to be able to look out upon the trees from our new meeting room, which opens soon and will be used both by residents and the local community."

The project was coordinated by The Mersey Forest and supported by The Big Tree Plant and the Woodland Trust.

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