Saturday, 24 November 2012
To celebrate National Tree Week 2012 (24 November – 2 December), we held a tree planting event for our park users in East Park, where we planted 18 trees.
Those who took part were given the chance to plant their very own tree in the park, from a selection of native species, all of which are highly valuable to wildlife.
Common Alder (Alnus glutinosa) – The Catkins of the Alder provide an early source of nectar for bees, and the seeds are enjoyed by Finches such as Siskins, Redpolls and Goldfinches. The Alder is also a popular food plant for many insects and moth larvae such as the Alder Kitten.
Bird Cherry (Prunus padus) – Cherry fruits are a favoured food source for many birds such as the Blackbird, Song and Mistle Thrush. Also, fallen fruits are often eaten by mammals such as Badgers, Dormice and Woodmice.
Rowan/Mountain Ash (Sorbus aucuparia) – The bright scarlet fruits of this tree are a favourite food for birds in winter and often attract migrants like Waxwings into busy town centres. The flowers of the tree attract many species of moth and pollinating insects too.
Silver Birch (Betula pendula) – Silver birch leaves attract aphids which in turn provide food for many ladybird species and for Blue, Great and Long-tailed tits. The leaves are also food for the Angle-shades moth, the Buff Tip, the Pebble Hook-Tip, and the Large and Little Emerald moths. Silver birch supports well over 300 insect species; a fact that makes these trees a favoured foraging place for Woodpeckers which often make nesting holes in the trunk. Birch seeds also provide winter food for Siskins, Greenfinches and Redpolls.
The Parks Service is currently in the process of restoring East Park to its former glory and planting these trees has enabled our park users to play their own small part in its transformation, helping to make it a more attractive and friendly place to be.
Some of those who took part planted their tree in memory of a loved one; others wanted to do their ‘bit’ for nature. Either way, it will be beneficial to each and every one of them, as it will be a permanent reminder of the day they created a little bit of their own family history.
The event was also an opportunity to meet Rachel, our newly appointed East Park Activities Officer, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund until 2014.
Rachel would like to say a big thank you to the 27 people from the Eastfield/Bilston area and beyond, who came along. Also special thanks for the Rangers who helped her to lead the event and other colleagues that helped her organise it.
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