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Limited places left for tree-planting session to mark Platinum Jubilee

Nottinghamshire residents are being encouraged to sign up for a special weekend tree-planting session at Bestwood Country Park to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee  – before it becomes fully booked.

There are now limited places available for the free event on 6 March (Sunday), to mark Her Majesty’s The Queen’s 70 years of service, with only a morning slot (10am) still available for people to book.

The afternoon slot (1pm) is now fully booked – although a reserve list has been created for those still wanting to register an interest for that time.

Participants will get to plant at least one small tree each and are advised to wear warm clothes, sturdy footwear and to bring their own spade, if they have one.

As well as celebrating the Platinum Jubilee, the session will also contribute to Trees for Climate – a major climate change combatting programme being delivered across Nottinghamshire by Greenwood Community Forest and the county council, with support for the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

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Bestwood Country Park will have approximately 17,000 new trees planted on its grounds, as part of the Trees for Climate programme, resulting in new habitats for wildlife, better air quality and an improved experience for users.

Nottinghamshire County Council’s Environment Ambassador, Councillor Mike Adams, is urging people to book a place for the morning slot and join-in with the tree planting.

He said: “This is going to be a fantastic event at Bestwood Country Park – please get online, register for the morning session and then come along and plant a tree.

“I know places are going fast, and we have limited numbers, so don’t delay. Places for the afternoon slot got snapped up very quickly.

“It is great we can celebrate Her Majesty’s dedicated service over the last 70 years in this way, in addition to doing something that’s really going to give a huge boost to our local environment.

“This particular session is going to be extra special as it will contribute to the Queen’s Green Canopy – a UK-wide effort to plant trees to mark the Platinum Jubilee.

“It is also another important step in our Trees for Climate programme which will see thousands-upon-thousands of new trees spring up across Greenwood Community Forest over the next five years.”

The event is also being supported by Friends of Bestwood Country Park, with Chair of the group, Rob Carlyle, also calling on people to get involved.

He said: “Members of our group are really looking forward to this tree-planting session and I’d urge people to register for the morning session as soon as possible and then come and plant a tree or two.

“We are delighted that Bestwood Country Park is taking part in the Trees for Climate programme and that the local community can get stuck in with this important project.

“Once finished, approximately 30 hectares of land at the country park will be covered with thousands of new trees bringing umpteen benefits including enhanced air quality and new habitats for our precious wildlife.”

To book a place on the morning  please visit – Jubilee Tree Planting Day Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite

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