Tree-mendous effort at park

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VOLUNTEERS got digging at a Bearsden green space in a bid to transform it into a wildlife oasis.

They planted 100 native trees in King George V Park in Killermont in a move that will make it a haven for birds, bees, bugs and butterflies.

Environmental charity Mariposa led the planting, and were joined by pupils from Bearsden Academy’s eco-committee and members of the Butterfly Conservation Glasgow Branch.

They hope that in 10 years time, the trees will be in full blosom and will become a valuable wildlife refuge.

The event was part of a Woodland Trust initiative which will see 200,000 more trees planted across the UK.

A Mariposa spokesperson said: “The afternoon started out wet and windy, but luckily the sun came out by 3pm which made the planting much more enjoyable. By planting trees we are ensuring that in 10 years time trees will still be standing tall for us to admire.

“These will be the next generation of beautful blossoms and leafy trees. Also it is mainly to encourage more bees, butterflies, birds and wildlife into the park. It is very positive to see the community working together in this tree planting event. We are thinking into the future. We are being proactive and taking care of nature.

“Interestingly the area near where we planted used to have large greenhouses for food production. This is something we see becoming more popular again out of the enjoyment of gardening but I believe mainly out of concern of our unhealthy and unsustainable eating habits. Trees will provide food for animals and some edible fruits for humans too.”

Rebecca Whitley from the Woodland Trust Scotland said: “We have been overwhelmed by people’s enthusiasm to plant trees. Communities are transforming spaces within their neighbourhoods, growing their own fruits and food, creating shade and shelter, and providing new homes for wildlife. Scotland is one of the least wooded countries in Europe, with less than half of the European average, so we are delighted that Mariposa are helping reverse this trend. Applications for free packs to plant this autumn can be found on our website, along with lots of advice to help people get started.”

For more information, go to www.woodlandtrust.org.uk.