On 4th February 2015 the Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson and Secretary of State for Environment Elizabeth Truss planted an oak tree in Bristol to symbolise the Big Tree Plant reaching its ambitious millionth tree target.
The Bristol Mayor George Ferguson, Secretary of State for Environment Elizabeth Truss, Forestry Commission Chair Sir Harry Studholme, and Director General of the Tree Council Pauline Buchanan Black visited children from Glenfrome Primary School in Eastville Park and planted some of the final trees from the project, including a ceremonial oak tree to celebrate Big Tree Plant’s achievement.
George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, said “I am delighted that the Big Tree Plant’s millionth tree ceremony is taking place in Bristol during our year as European Green Capital. Every tree planted by a child highlights the importance of trees to the environment and the food chain and encourages our children to
play an active part in building a better Bristol for the future.”
The campaign which was originally launched by the Government in 2010 has since provided £4m to pay for planting and caring for the trees. The campaign was successfully delivered by the Forestry Commission and Defra, with assistance from a number of partners including the Tree Council, Trees for Cities and the Community Forests.
Source: European Commission, DG Environment