VOLUNTEERS and members of Sudbury in Bloom took the first step towards planting more than 100 tree saplings in the town as part of a national drive to enhance civic pride.
The town was handed 112 tree saplings by the Woodland Trust to mark the launch of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom competition – and the first phase of planting took place at the site of the former William Armes factory in Great Cornard on Wednesday.
Nick Irwin, chairman of the Sudbury in Bloom committee, said: “This donation is a real boost for the town and will help towards our aim of developing several nature and wildlife sites in and around Sudbury, as well encouraging more people to become involved in conservation and planting activities to improve the environment in which they live and work.”
The donation was part of a national campaign which will see up to 200,000 saplings given out across the country.
Native British trees such as hawthorns, hazel and birch are among those that are to be planted and residents are encouraged to get involved in the project.
Stephanie Eynon, community manager at the Royal Horticultural Society, said: “By working with the Woodland Trust, our aim is to enable people to join together to improve their local community and restore civic pride through long-term, sustainable projects.”