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    Cheshire West and Chester Council supporting community tree planting

    Cheshire West and Chester Council are supporting a community tree planting event this weekend to increase the number of trees in the area.

    The tree planting takes place at Countess of Chester Country Park, at the rear of the hospital, on Saturday (January 21).

    The event is being supported by The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), the Friends of the Countess of Chester Country Park, the Land Trust and The Mersey Forest.

    Cllr Louise Gittins, cabinet member for communities and wellbeing, said: “We’ll be planting a variety of young native broadleaf trees on the site to encourage even more wildlife into the country park. We’re keen to see as many residents as possible on the day. It’s a great opportunity for people to get involved with an activity which provides a great asset to their local area.”

    The planting is being supported by Cllr Matt Bryan, a member of The Mersey Forest Steering Group, who is using his member’s budget. The project will link in with the ongoing work to deliver The Mersey Forest’s vision which aims to ‘get more from trees’ and make Merseyside and North Cheshire one of the best places to live in the country.

    Since opening in September 2014, the park has become a thriving natural space for the whole community to enjoy. As well as encouraging health and recreation activities, it has improved existing habitats through tree planting, hedge laying and the creation of a reed bed.

    Full details are available at: www.thelandtrust.org.uk/space/countess-of- chester-country- park/ or www.facebook.com/countessofchestercountrypark

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