Tree planting launches Year of the Environment

A tree planting ceremony has officially launched the Borough of Broxbourne’s Year of the Environment.

Mayor of Broxbourne Martin Greensmyth, fellow Councillors and members of the public gathered at Cedars Park in Waltham Cross on Friday 6 January.

The Mayor said: “We are here to mark the start of an exciting and important year for the Borough; 2017, the Year of the Environment. It gives me great pleasure to officially launch this initiative by planting this tree.”

Councillor Tim Hutchings, Cabinet Member for Public and Environmental Protection, called it a “particularly fitting way” to start the special year.

Councillor Hutchings said: “I look forward to seeing the tree grow and blossom.

“The Year of the Environment is all about community involvement so it’s great to see so many friendly faces who I know will embrace the 12 months ahead with the same commitment and enthusiasm as they always show.

“The year ahead will be an opportunity to promote the Borough as a great place to live and as a resident I know that to be true.

“We’ll also be working with the public and business community to help maintain and enhance our local environment for the benefit of all.”

Including Council Leader Mark Mills-Bishop and many other Councillors, more than 30 people gathered to watch the ceremonial planting.

The Whitebeam tree was chosen, among other reasons, as a symbol of royal authority that is particularly apt in Cedars Park where Theobalds Palace resides. Staffs made of Whitebeam were once carried by royal messengers.

Many of those present were litter pickers and volunteers who have given their time over the years to maintain and improve the Borough’s green spaces.

During the special year ahead, there will be a timetable of special events to celebrate the area’s award-winning parks and get people involved. There will also be a focus on encouraging people to lead environmentally friendly lifestyles.

For more information, residents can visit the Council’s website at www.broxbourne.gov.uk.