Over 30 volunteers of all ages and sizes braved the blustery wind on Saturday to plant trees in Allington Open Space just off Castle Road.
The planting was one of several ‘Go Green, Go Wild’ schemes being run by the Borough Council to make the most of the green spaces around us and help local communities create the best opportunities for wildlife to thrive in and around Maidstone.
Saturday’s planting was the culmination of a week’s work. Roughly a thousand new trees have been planted on the site thanks to the contributions of scores of different volunteers from the area. The trees included silver birch, mountain ash, and hazel.
Councillors Cynthia Robertson and Rob Bird asked the Maidstone parks manager supervising the planting about the selection of trees. He explained that they were all native to the region. The seeds are collected locally in the South-East then cultivated in large plantations in Northern England.
The Borough Council is committed to planting new trees in suitable sites throughout Maidstone as part of the Go Green, Go Wild initiative. This may mean a further 1000 trees being planted on the Allington Open Space next year, plus the establishment of a wildflower meadow if possible.
For more information, go to: www.gogreengowild.com