The tiny saplings have now grown to a size where they can be planted, after being nurtured in the garden of the council’s energy efficiency officer, Sally Carter in her spare time.The saplings were awarded to Knowsley Council by the environmental group, Groundwork Trust, for developing an information pack for older people and a play performed by older residents on how to save energy and the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.
The play was eventually taken up by local schools and pupils.The Holm oaks have been planted at the National Wildflower Centre in Court Hey Park.
“It’s great to have a living memory of our achievements, and planting them for everyone to enjoy is a real plus!” said Sally.“But the trees will also be doing the work that we promote – cutting down on carbon emissions, which are thought to contribute to climate change.
“Trees consume carbon dioxide to produce oxygen, so planting trees helps us reduce our so-called carbon footprint. On average, one broad leaf tree will absorb about one tonne of carbon dioxide during its life-time, which is usually about 100 years.“These trees are not only making the area look nicer, they are also improving the air that we breathe!”
Knowsley Council has invested in several measures to cut down on carbon emissions.Cavity wall and loft insulation have been installed in 14000 Knowsley households, through the Warm Streets insulation scheme, helping them save around £150 a year in fuel bills and reduce their household carbon emissions by up to one tonne.
Left to right: Helen Sullivan Arboricultural Officer KMBC (in brown jacket)Sally Carter Energy Efficiency Officer KMBC (black coat)
Simon Allen from Eurotree