Time is running out to order trees for this year’s planting as part of Calderdale Council’s ‘buy a park a tree’ scheme.
The scheme, which started in summer 2017, gives individuals, groups or businesses the chance to sponsor a tree of their choice to be planted in a Calderdale park or green space.
Planting season for trees runs from November to February. Teams have been busy processing and planting existing orders, and the deadline for orders to be planted for this season is Monday 5 February.
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities, Cllr Susan Press, said:
“The tree planting scheme has been really popular, with orders for trees being planted in parks and green spaces across the borough.
“More trees are needed to replace the aging population of trees in Calderdale. Trees have also been damaged; for example, so far this winter, almost 40 trees have been destroyed or badly damaged by storms and have had to be removed.
“With the generous help of sponsors, alongside our own planting schemes, we can continue to ensure that there are plentiful trees for future generations to enjoy.”
Trees ordered by Monday 5 February will be planted before the end of February. Anyone ordering after this date will be contacted later in the year for winter 2018/19 planting.
Prices start from £100, which includes planting and securing the tree. There’s a list of varieties to choose from and trees can be planted in most of the parks and recreation areas in Calderdale. A certificate will be issued to each sponsor to keep as a record of their generous help.
Friends groups, businesses and members of the public are being asked to support the tree donation scheme by going to www.calderdale.gov.uk and entering ‘buy a park a tree’ into the search box. This page also has all the details of how to place an order and a list of trees to choose from. Alternatively you can contact the parks office on 01422 284436.
Trees will be planted by the Council’s Safer, Cleaner, Greener team, although if any sponsors would like to help with the planting it can be arranged.