Tree-mendous support for park

Gordon Jamieson, John Laidler and Antoyha Amis planting the trees.

Gordon Jamieson, John Laidler and Antoyha Amis planting the trees.

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Volunteers have shown tree-mendous support to help a park look its best.

A total of 17 trees from around the world have been planted in Wallsend parks, including the giant redwood, Persian ironwood, swamp cypress and dawn redwoods.

The new collection also features a species of lime tree, planted by the parks team and volunteers, called Tilia oliveri or Chinese silver lime, which is named after prominent north east botanist Daniel Oliver.

The trees will form part of a free printed Tree-trail map, due to be launched this summer and made available from the Verandah Cafe.

It will compliment the already popular free sculpture trail, The Tale of the Ginkgo Trolls.

Phil Scott, head of environment, housing and leisure at North Tyneside Council, said: “We are grateful for the fantastic efforts of the volunteers who helped us plant these new trees.”

““Historically, the majority of large-scale planting in the borough’s parks favoured affordable, robust trees such as Sycamore, which establish quickly but provide little botanical interest and have limited bio-diversity value as a habitat in the woodland.

“Our management plan for Wallsend Parks now aims to introduce a balance of interesting tree species from around the world to sit alongside more native species which are important for wildlife.”

The new trees will also increase the botanical interest in the park for visiting primary and secondary schools as well as providing a resource for site research and identification for horticulture students, including the council’s park apprentices.

Gordon Jamieson, one of the volunteers who helped plant the new trees, added: “The park holds many memories for me growing up in the area. It’s nice to be able to give something back to the community by volunteering.”