Tree planting grows poplar with local Lions club

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 5 December 2020

GREEN-FINGERED members of the Hinckley and Burbage Lions pulled their wellies on, stuck their spades in the mud, and came together as a team to plant an impressive total of 30 trees in Burbage Common.

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All of the trees that were planted by the local Lions group are native to Britain and range from silver birch to wild cherry and rowan.

The trees were sourced from the Woodland Trust and have been planted in an area of extension land at Burbage Common and Woods.

The session was organised by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council to show support to the Woodland Trust in their ‘Big Climate Fightback’ campaign – the Woodland Trust aim to plant trees in publicly accessible areas.

The woodland conservation charity are aiming for more community groups to get involved in planting trees and hope that ‘there will be a tree planted for every person in the country’, by 2025.

Councillor Bill Crooks, Executive Member for Parks and Open Spaces at Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, said: “Our thanks to Hinckley and Burbage Lions for doing this.

“We love our green spaces in the borough and the new trees will make our green spaces even better for future generations.

“Planting trees is one of the simplest ways of reducing carbon emissions in the atmosphere and it’s just one of a number of measures we will be taking to tackle climate change.”

The Hinckley and Burbage Lions group was founded back in 1973. Since its foundation, the group have raised ‘hundreds of thousands of pounds’ for local causes and supported individuals in times of crisis.

The Lions have helped groups locally such as the Air Ambulance, Salvation Army and First Responders to continue their good work.

In more recent times, the Lions have been collecting for the Hinckley Area Foodbank where they have raised over £4,000 worth of essential household supplies.

To learn more about the Hinckley and Burbage Lions, visit www.facebook.com/hblions. Alternatively, they can be reached via email through their email address – handblionsclub@gmail.com.

Free tree packs are available from The Woodland Trust who provide the packs for community groups and schools who would like to take part in a tree planting session and get involved.

All of the trees that will be provided by the charity will be native broadleaf varieties, such as oak, birch, and hawthorn. To find out on how to obtain the free tree packs, simply visit www.woodlandtrust.org.uk.

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