Oak trees planted in Southey Park

April 08 2022

THREE oak tree saplings have been planted in Southey Park as part of a scheme to support nature.

The two English oaks and one Hungarian oak are three of more than 600 trees being planted across the county. The trees had been grown for eight years before being planted out in Southey Park.

Members of the Friends of Southey Park joined South Glos council leader Toby Savage and Kingswood MP Chris Skidmore at the planting.

MP Chris Skidmore and council leader Toby Savage with volunteers

Tina Sheppard, from Friends of Southey Park said: “It was great to be able to join the planting.

“I want to thank the council for supplying these fantastic new trees which we trust will grow to become beautiful features of the park entrance in years to come.

“It is important we are continuing to plant more trees in public green spaces like Southey park and we look forward to working with the council in future planting sessions.”

This time last year, saplings planted in Southey Park by the Woodland Trust had their protective casings vandalised by school children.

Increasing tree canopy cover forms part of the council’s Climate and Nature Emergency Action Plan. It aims to restore and protect nature, as well as prepare for the effects of the changing climate.

The council is also supporting the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative to plant more trees during the Jubilee year.

Cllr Savage said: “As part of its ongoing leadership in the local response to the climate emergency, the council has dedicated to doubling tree cover in the district.

“New planting is an important part of ensuring this.”

Mr Skidmore said: “Our local parks and public spaces have become dearer to us than ever following the pandemic.

“I am delighted to have been able to join Cllr Savage and the Friends of Southey Park I helping to bring a little more nature to our community.

“The fact this is linked to an initiative that is celebrating Her Majesty’s landmark jubilee makes it that much more special.”