Newton Mearns Baptist Church plant an orchard for the tree council’s national tree week

People of all ages from Newton Mearns Baptist Church will be rolling up their sleeves and laying down new roots in their community by planting trees in their church garden on Saturday 30th November, part of The Tree Council’s 2019 National Tree Week.

With the help of a grant from The Tree Council, one of the UK’s leading tree charities, they will be planting six fruit trees and eight species native to Scotland to encourage biodiversity and wildlife.

This year, in possibly the biggest National Tree Week campaign yet, communities, organisations and businesses around the UK have grasped the opportunity to do their bit to reduce UK carbon emissions and improve their communities by planting trees.

The Tree Council awards grants to help communities around the country to plant more trees and do something positive for their treescape.  NMBC is one of 55 schools and community groups across the UK that made a successful application for one of this year’s grants.

Sara Lom, CEO, The Tree Council, said: “We simply couldn’t survive without trees. With their incredible carbon-busting, habitat-protecting and wellbeing-boosting power, trees can safeguard a green, healthy and happy future for our children and the planet. To ensure a green, tree-filled future, we need to plant many more trees each year, in the right places, and care for them and the ones we already have. Each of the young people, teachers and community leaders planting as part of National Tree Week are truly Tree Champions, laying down roots for the generations that follow and we’re proud to support them.”

Andrea Young, one of the orchard planners at NMBC says “We have had an increased awareness of the need to care for creation over recent years – becoming more aware of the impact of climate change on countries which contribute the least to it. Our planting project is one action we are taking to help us focus on what we can do to care for the planet and the people on it.  We are grateful to Eco-Congregation Scotland for facilitating training from The Orchard Project which will help us care for our trees properly. We have other initiatives on the go at church to reduce our use of single use plastic, monthly eco-tips from our Creation Care group, and are involved in local litter picks organised by Crookfur Litter Action.”

National Tree Week is the UK’s largest annual tree celebration, marking the start of the winter tree planting season (November to March). A list of events taking place across the country can be found at www.treecouncil.org.uk.