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Schools urged to help create a tree-planting record

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 742532.

August 2000




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