Thousands of local school
children are being urged to help create Guiness World Record by plating as
many tree as possible during National Tree Week at the end of November.
Many local schools planted
seeds from broadleaf deciduous trees as a result of last year's National
Tree Week initiative and the young saplings will soon be ready for
planting as part of the record attempt which takes place on Friday,
Saturday and Sunday 24, 25 and 26 November.
The saplings - along with
more mature trees - will be planted under the supervision of Brian Ogden,
principal arboricultural officer with Peterborough City Council, in a 4.28
acre area designated as Crightons Wood at Thorpe Meadows in Peterborough.
Work on creating
Peterborough's first new public wood for a generation began last year when
Iain Crighton - owner of the Crighton's of Peterborough Saab and
Mitsubishi car dealership - offered to sponsor thousands of trees as a
unique retirement present for his parents, George and Pat Crighton.
Iain sponsored the planting
of the first 1,500 trees and promised to continue adding to the wood at
the rate of one tree for ever customer who takes a test drive in on of his
cars. "Scientists at Edinburgh University calculated that five trees
are required to make the average small car 'carbon neutral' each
year," he said.
"Saab and Mitsubishi
have been in the forefront of work to reduce the pollution from vehicle
exhausts and the new wood will help deal with emissions from all sources
while improving leisure amenities for all Peterborough residents."
As part of the wood's
10-year development and management programme, four different types of
ground preparation conditions are being compares for the planting of new
trees. "We hope to discover which planting methods are best for the
speedy establishment of healthy trees," said Brian.
Roger Kendall, Peterborough
manager for English Partnerships, the government's regeneration and
development agency, welcomed the initiative as another contribution to
enhancing the city's appeal for business and family life. He said:
"Hundreds of thousands of trees and shrubs were planted in
Peterborough during the city's new town development and the creation of
Crightons Wood will help perpetuate the area's reputation as an attractive
place to live and work."
Brian added: "This
wood will come to maturity in 40 or 50 years. I'm not likely to be around
to see it but the children who plant their saplings during this record
attempt will be." He is hoping that at least 1,500 new saplings will
be planted during the record attempt, adding to the oak, alder, birch and
field maple which were planted last year.
The national record attempt
is being organised by The Tree Council which is issuing individual
numbered planting site references to all participants, who must provide
independent authentication of the total number of trees planted. For more
information about the Crightons Wood project, contact Brian Ogden on 01733