On Saturday morning forty people gathered in the bright late autumn sunshine to plant two dozen big Liquidambar saplings on Anthony Nolan Road, at the entrance to King’s Reach, beyond Fairstead.
The planters included employees from the Public Open Space section of the Borough Council, with Operations Manager, Sarah Moore, a good strong team from COWA, an enthusiastic group from the High Street McDonald’s enjoying the ‘green fun’ to quote Lewis Catton, plus residents of King’s Reach and members of the King’s Lynn Climate Concern group who had suggested the tree planting project.
The KLimate Concern group promotes tree planting as one positive step towards mitigating the effects of climate change since trees absorb carbon dioxide, the most widespread greenhouse gas. Jonathan Burr, an active member of the group, is passionate about tree planting. He pointed to the startling shortfall over the last two years in the government’s own tree planting targets through the Forestry Commission and the Woodland Trust charity’s campaign to get ordinary people to plant 64 million trees over ten years, one for each of us in Britain.
‘We should be planting trees every weekend for the next few months, unless it’s actually frosty. From November to March is the perfect time.’