Volunteers in Wolverhampton have planted a variety of trees at Bantock Park to improve the habitat for wildlife.

Last week, (19 February) volunteers gathered at the award winning beauty spot to plant a number of trees and plants to create an edible hedgerow for the benefit of park users and to encourage more wildlife. 

Volunteers included Friends of Bantock Park and Museum and The Bantock User Group alongside the Mayor of Wolverhampton and local ward councillors. 

The Mayor marked the occasion with planting the first fruit tree at the Star Street hedgerow.

A variety of fruit trees were planted including - apple, pear, plum and damson, as well as hawthorn, blackthorn, hazel, elder and sloes. 

Councillor Steve Evans, Cabinet Member for City Environment at City of Wolverhampton Council said: “Tree planting is a key way of supporting the City Council’s recently declared climate emergency. 

“As well as keeping the city green, trees help to support wildlife and improve air quality.

“It’s important we maintain our parks and with the support of local friends’ groups and volunteers – we are able to achieve exactly that.

“I would like to thank the volunteers who have committed to be part of this event and encourage others to join us to continue to make Wolverhampton a cleaner, greener city.”

Roger Clough, Chair of Friends of Bantock Park and Museum said: “As part of our friends’ group, we are always keen to improve and maintain this beautiful park that is so close to our hearts.

“We hope having fruit trees on site will encourage more healthy eating and we are truly grateful to the ward councillors and the Mayor for their support of this project.” 

To find out more visit Friends of Bantock Park and Museum

Anyone wishing to join the Friends of Bantock Park and Museum can call 01902 341930.