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WI dig-in for Royal Award

Nick Baker, Chair of the parish council joins the New Sarum WI and members of the Parish Environment Action Group at Norman Drive open space to plant a range of native trees as part of the Queens Green Canopy Award

Published: 3 April 2023

Queens Green Canopy Award at Norman Drive Open Space

Sue Luther, Group Co-ordinator of New Sarum WI says “The WI has a proud history of taking action to protect the environment and since Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II had a long association with the WI, we were delighted to be invited by the Parish Council to take part in this event. We look forward to seeing the results in the years to come”.

Parish Council Chair, Nick Baker says “Laverstock and Ford Parish Council is investing in its community spaces and has been actively working in partnership with The Land Trust, Wiltshire Wildlife and The Devenish Bradshaw Trust to ensure that community spaces such as the Laverstock Water Meadows and the Longhedge Community Garden, provide access to nature and wildlife for all residents and visitors to the parish”. Trees from the Queens Green Canopy Award have already been planted at the Castle Hill Country Park, and we will be planting the remainder at Hartley Green in Bishopdown Farm. This is a great start for the Parish Environmental Action group which made the application to be a part of this award, and will ensure a lasting legacy of native trees that will add to the green canopy in our growing parish. We also hope that more residents will get involved in the work of the Parish Environmental Action group’.

Hannah Bosence, Countryside and Greenspace Officer (SW) for the Land Trust comments “Well placed trees are hugely important. Not only do they look nice and support wildlife, but also help cool the ground. In built up areas they have been known to make a difference of 12°C to the grounds surface temperature which given the heat of last summer, would be very welcome.”

Laverstock & Ford Parish Council are thrilled to see the parish involved in this unique legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

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