New Trees for Wirral – an innovative milestone.

Many cities are being criticised for their large-scale felling and insensitive treatment of their trees but two Wirral Conservation areas are showing how communities can do things differently. The project has just planted its 50th tree and will celebrate the achievement during the Secret Gardens of Oxton event on May 13.

The project, thought to be unique in the country, brings together two charities, The Oxton Society and Port Sunlight Village Trust (PSVT), to demonstrate how community collaboration can make a positive contribution to the enhancement of a local treescape.

The collaboration combines the horticultural skills of PSVT with the Oxton Society’s Tree Planting Fund and its committed membership. PSVT has a history of managing and maintaining the historic landscape of Port Sunlight while, in Oxton, there is considerable interest in maintaining and renewing its own important and characteristic treescape.

This year marks the planting of the 50th tree in the Oxton Conservation Area. Twelve different species have been planted on private and commercial land where they make a real impact. The trees planted are sourced and planted by PSVT staff from the Oxton Society’s growing list of 21 varieties, many of which have been suggested by Oxton’s garden owners. All the trees planted are chosen to make a significant impact on Oxton’s future treescape and although they are planted for the benefit of future generations, their impact is already significant.

The “50th Tree” milestone will be celebrated during the Secret Gardens of Oxton event at 12.45, on May 13 in the front garden of 5 Poplar Road, CH43 5TB.  As Rhiannon Evans, Chair of the Oxton Society says: “With 27 Oxton Gardens open to the public and with all generations enjoying the associated entertainments, it is a perfect opportunity to celebrate the success of our tree planting collaboration”. The Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside, Mr Mark Blundell and the Mayor of Wirral, Councillor Ann McLachlan will cut ribbons to mark the event and they will be joined by the owners of the fiftieth tree and representatives of the Oxton Society and Port Sunlight Village Trust.

Photography credit : James O’Hanlon.