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Heavy Plant Crossing
Wednesday 25th November, 2009

Heavy Plant Crossing
Wigan Council's Nick Burdekin, JA Jones' Richard Kirwan and Cllr David Molyneux at the nursery.

To mark National Tree Week, 25 semi-mature trees are being brought to Wigan Borough as part of the national eco initiative.

The 6 foot high ashes, birches and alders are to be planted in the grounds of schools around the borough, arriving locally this week from a tree nursery near Southport.

To discuss the project, deputy council leader and environment champion Cllr David Molyneux visited the 100 acres of nursery woodland owned by JA Jones & Sons at Banks, Southport. They are the largest nursery in the north and donated the native woodland specimens to the council to support schools’ eco projects in locations such as Leigh and Standish.

Cllr Molyneux said: “We all know the importance of trees to the environment, particularly through encouraging a greater variety of biodiversity and brightening up our landscapes. I would like to thank J.A. Jones for this excellent gesture.”

Council environment officers were asked to join this year’s National Tree Week initiative by pupils at one of their newest Green Flag schools, St John’s Infant School in Leigh. Since the theme week’s inception in 1974, organisers say over a million new trees have been planted across the country to improve the landscape and develop wildlife habitats.

Richard Kirwan of JA Jones said: “As a leading grower of trees and shrubs in the UK, we are very happy to support Wigan Council’s environmental initiatives. Engaging with young children enables the ideals of environmental awareness to be nurtured, which creates a cleaner and greener future for everybody”.

The first trees are due to be planted at St John’s next week.

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