Tree-mendous volunteers needed to grow new green initiative in town centre

Blackburn BID is launching an exciting new green initiative centred around protecting the town centre’s precious tree population.

A limited number of volunteer places are available to train alongside expert Horticulturist and teacher, Sue Jeffries, to become a ‘Blackburn Tree Buddy’ and help create a series of fun guided tree walks around the town centre.

Run over 5 weeks, volunteers will attend 2-hour sessions to learn more about the importance of trees within urban communities, how to identify individual species, their history and characteristics.

Catherine Price, Blackburn Town Centre BID Manager, said: “This is a lovely new volunteering opportunity designed to educate and empower local people to help protect our diverse tree population.

“Blackburn town centre has a number of historic trees that not only improve overall air quality and the appearance of our town but also play a key role in providing wildlife habitats and food sources, carbon management, flood prevention and helping us to tackle climate change.”

Volunteers will not only have the chance to meet new people, gain valuable green skills and learn about their community’s green heritage, they will also help to educate others and deliver interactive walking tours across the town centre.

There are 15 volunteer places available, and the first session will begin on Thursday 21 July.

To register as a Blackburn Tree Buddy, please contact Catherine.price@newground.co.uk

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