Pupils from Foxwood Academy got stuck into a tree planting event earlier this month, digging the holes for the trees, positioning the trees into place, and planting daffodil bulbs as part of the Council’s involvement with National Tree Week 2018 and the Borough’s ‘Clean & Green’ initiative.
The pupils were joined by the Mayor and Mayoress of Broxtowe Borough Council, Councillor Derek Burnett BEM and Sonia Burnett, and Bramcote Ward councillors, Councillor Martin Plackett and Councillor Jan Goold.
Two Silver Birches and one Mountain Ash were planted at Bramcote Hills Park by the students together with 400 daffodil bulbs on the edge of the woodland.
Broxtowe Borough Council, has committed to planting 1000 trees every year for the next 5 years and is on track to meet its year one target. These three trees mark the end of tree planting for 2018 and it was only fitting that they be planted in Broxtowe Borough’s largest park which has been awarded the Green Flag consecutively for the last 12 years.
James Hutchinson, Headteacher of Foxwood Academy said: “Our students have really enjoyed getting out into the local community and planting today. They are exceptional young people and they will look forward to the blooms in the spring. It is a beautiful park that is very close to our Academy and we were very happy to support the event.”
The Council’s Clean and Green Campaign will see £72,000 invested in new initiatives to complement and enhance existing programmes to keep Broxtowe clean and tidy. These include:
- Community litter picking events to complement existing events as part of the Community Clean Teams
- Additional litter picking around the A610
- Additional weed control in high priority areas
- Mobile CCTV cameras at flytipping hotspot areas
- Programme of ‘Waste Days’ to enable residents who do not live near household waste recycling sites to dispose of their bulky waste
- Litter bin replacement in areas where there is high footfall including main roads, twitchells, parks and bus stops
- Advertising clean and green initiatives on bin lorries to encourage community support
A special resource pack has been created for local groups and organisations who want to get involved and run their own litter pick events, to help them carry out activities safely, as well as promote them in their local area. The Council can also help by lending litter picking equipment.