Media release - issued 10 Dec 2018

Commonwealth trees for Rushmoor

Rushmoor has been presented with five tree saplings by the MP for Aldershot, Leo Docherty.

MP Leo Docherty and councillors with tree saplings for the The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) scheme

The trees were gifted to Leo as part of The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) scheme made  possible by a partnership between the Woodland Trust, Sainsbury's and ITV to mark Her Majesty's lifetime of service to the commonwealth.

Since October, more than 50,000 trees have been planted across the UK and Leo was one of 500 MPs who have taken part in the initiative and requested trees for their constituency.  Leo has chosen to present his trees to Rushmoor Borough Council.

Leo said: "I was very happy to receive the trees on behalf of the people of the Aldershot constituency and will enjoy watching them flourish."

He added: "The saplings may look small now, but will eventually reach 12 to 25 metres in height and will be enjoyed for many years to come."

All of the trees are native species, which have been grown in the UK. Two are Silver Birch, two are Rowan and one is a Hazel. Three of the trees will now be planted at Southwood Woodland nearby to the former Southwood Golf Club, where the council plans to bring forward plans to turn the area into a natural country park. The other two trees will be planted in North Town, Aldershot.

Councillor Maurice Sheehan, Cabinet Member for Operational Services at Rushmoor Borough Council added: "Rushmoor has so many wonderful parks and open spaces to enjoy and the native young trees will be very welcome in Southwood and North Town and will be great for the community and local wildlife."

 
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