600 trees to be planted in Bridlington as part of the ‘Big Climate Fightback’

Hundreds of trees are set to be planted in Bridlington as part of the ‘Big Climate Fightback’.

Wednesday, 20th November 2019, 2:48 pm
Updated Wednesday, 20th November 2019, 2:48 pm
Mayor Liam Dealtry marked Climate Emergency Day with tree planting at Jubilee Woods, Bridlington

Bridlington Town Council and the East Riding of Yorkshire Council are working with all the schools and college in the town to try and make a difference.

East Riding College will be taking part along with all the schools in the area including Bridlington School, Headlands School, Our Lady and St Peter School, Quay Academy, New Pasture Lane School, Martongate Primary School, Burlington Infant School, Burlington Junior School, Bay Primary School, and Hilderthorpe Primary School.

The Woodland Trust are sending 600 trees for the Tree Charter Planting Event which will be published case-study.

The local educational establishments are now deciding how many trees they would like to plant at their locations and the remainder will be planted at the community event at Jubilee Wood, on Saturday November 30, from 10am-12.30pm.

Cllr Andy Walker commented that this project gives “young people of today a positive stake in the future”.

He added: “At a time when so many young people are deeply concerned about climate change and are asking ‘what can we actually do?’- this is an opportunity to show what can be achieved when we all work together. Trees are very good for the planet and this community-planting event at Jubilee Wood shows that local action brings good results.

“Each school will also be receiving trees to plant as part of their curriculum. We will be mapping the exact location of each new tree and who planted it, using the mobile app what3words - so everyone who plants a tree will be able to locate it again in years to come - even if it is in the middle of a wood. This project gives the young people of today a positive stake in the future."

Twenty of the 600 trees will be planted at East Riding College at the St. Mary’s Walk campus.

Principal and Chief Executive, Mike Welsh, said: "East Riding College are delighted to be part of the Big Climate Fightback. The students will be planting the trees on November 29, with the help and advice of the Woodland Trust and the town council Tree Charter Project.

"The College takes its environmental impact and social responsibility seriously, and the tree planting is part of our sustainability strategy.

"Planting trees and shrubs helps tackle climate change, an issue very close to our community’s heart - and of great concern to many of our students. The dog roses we will be planting have been supplied by the Woodland Trust and are a sustainably sourced native species that will also encourage birds and insects.”

Residents are also invited to join in the 'Big Climate Fightback' and plant a tree at Jubilee Woods.

Quay Academy is hoping that the tree planing "will provide the first step towards gaining Green Flag status" for the school.

Acting Principal, Caroline Broadhead, said: "We want to empower out pupils to lead change for the future and also encourage the wider community to support this.

"This will have a positive impact on all pupils. Our JLT (Junior Leadership Team) are our Eco-Warriors Team at Quay and hope to develop their own leadership skills alongside confidence and well-being for all involved in the project.

"Our tree planting at Quay will provide the first step towards gaining Green Flag status for Quay Academy."