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Trees up close: The Queen's Green Canopy

The first 12 tree saplings have been planted in Bodmin’s new community woodland in Berryfields Park, with 400 more to be added in March.

More than 30 people came to watch the planting ceremony before Christmas, led by focal minister at St Petroc’s Church, Barbara Brittain, among them Revd Paul Holley (Team Rector), David Bidgway (projects officer), Amanda Bright (community services officer) and Councillors Pat Rogerson, Jeremy Cooper and Phil Cooper.

In December 2014 Berryfields Community Centre Trustees (BDCC) were approached by Conservation Volunteers as part of the Big Tree Plant Project. Bodmin Town Council supported the tree planting in the selected place as it fitted the council’s open spaces project. Tom David of Conservation Volunteers donated a selection of native woodland trees and a number of community organisations came together to plant 250 at Berryfields Community Centre.

Bodmin’s mayor, Jeremy Cooper, said: “This is a good initiative and an example of how community groups and the council work together to create great things for Bodmin.”

The first 12 trees were taken from the saplings potted at St Petroc’s Church during the community celebration of ‘Our Natural World’. Bodmin Town Council welcomed St Petroc’s Church’s request to plant 12 tree saplings in response to the Queen’s Green Canopy platinum jubilee appeal.

Bodmin’s deputy mayor, Phil Cooper, said: “Bodmin Town Council has been working hard behind the scenes to put everything in place in support of the Queen’s Green Canopy. I am delighted to participate and support St Petroc’s in planting the first of these trees. I encourage community groups and individuals to join us in creating a legacy through more tree planting events next year."

Anyone who would like to take part in planting the community woodland next year, should contact Bodmin Town Council on

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