Residents invited to dig in at the Countess of Chester Country Park

12th January 2017

Local residents are being encouraged to help green their local area by mucking in at a community tree planting event.

The tree planting event will take place at Countess of Chester Country Park on Saturday 21st January. Interested residents should follow the signs to meet the team on site any time between 11am and 3pm on the day to get involved with the planting. Please wear warm waterproof clothes, suitable boots or wellies and bring gloves.

The event is being supported by Cheshire West and Chester Council, TCV, the Friends of the Countess of Chester Country Park, the Land Trust and The Mersey Forest.

Local councillor Matt Bryan, who is a member of The Mersey Forest Steering Group, said: “We’ll be planting a variety of young native broadleaf trees on the site to encourage even more wildlife into the country park. We’re keen to see as many residents as possible on the day. It’s a great opportunity for people to get involved with an activity which provides a great asset to their local area.”

The project will link in with the ongoing work to deliver The Mersey Forest’s vision which aims to ‘get more from trees’ and make Merseyside and North Cheshire one of the best places to live in the country.

Since opening in September 2014, the park has become a thriving natural space for the whole community to enjoy. As well as encouraging health and recreation activities, it has improved existing habitats through tree planting, hedge laying and the creation of a reed bed.

As well as the upcoming planting day, there are opportunities to get involved with the Friends of Countess of Chester Country Park group to help support and care for the park.  To find out more, come along to The Little Owl on Tuesday 17th January at 7pm.

There are regular events and activities at the park, including Green Gym on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10am, health, buggy and Nordic walks throughout the week, and Chester parkrun every Saturday at 9am. For full details visit: or

To find out more about the tree planting event or other activities contact Clare Olver on 01925 816217 or e-mail

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