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Primary students help the environment through tree planting in Lanarkshire parks

Primary students help the environment through tree planting in Lanarkshire parks

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Spring is right around the corner, and primary school children are starting to dig a project that will create new woodlands in North Lanarkshire.

They will be busy planting trees in Strathclyde Country park as part the Climate Emergency Wood project.

One tree will be planted for every school-age child, in order to create new woodlands in country parks and other greenspace sites in Calderbank, Low Wood, Cumbernauld.

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It is one of the activities that pupils participate in during a week of outdoor activities in their last year of primary school.

North Lanarkshire Council leader, Councillor Jim Logue (who proposed the project), and Councillor Michael McPake (convener of the environment-transportation committee), joined P7 students from St Aidans Primary School in Wishaw for the planting.

Councillor Logue stated that since the declaration of a climate emergency by the council in 2019, we have been looking for ways to reduce carbon emissions and improve the environment. The tree planting project is an important aspect of our work.

The creation of woodlands with their own ecosystems will have a greater biodiversity benefit for woodland species. They also become part of a habitat network that allows wildlife to move around the area. This is an increasingly important step in addressing climate change.

There are 40,000 native trees in total, including Common alder, Sessile oak and Common birch, Rowan, Gean as well as Hazel, Hazel, Hawthorn, Rowan, Hazel, Hazel, Hazel, and Rowan.

They will be planted on the sites in North Lanarkshire.

Drumpellier Country Parks and Palacerigg Country Parks will also see avenues of trees as part of The Queens Green Canopy project, which marks The Queens Platinum Jubilee 2022.

At Palacerigg, the trees are planted along a new footpath that runs through the park. At Drumpellier, they will be planted at Drumpellier Avenue off Blair Road.

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