Tesco tie-up to help preserve Luton's veteran trees

Luton Borough Council is using a local funding from Tesco stores to fund projects around veteran trees in the Bedfordshire town's largest green space.

Image: James Hart (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Image: James Hart (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The historic Stockwood Park is home to several ecologically important veteran trees, which contribute towards its Green Flag status.

As part of their ongoing preservation, the council is asking residents to help secure funding to deliver veteran tree-focussed projects including community events and talks, as well as establishing a Veteran Tree Protection Zone within the 100-hectare park.

Funding is available through Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme, through which customers use tokens given out with each transaction to "vote" for their preferred local project. Eight stores within the town are offering the option to support the park's trees.

Councillor Rachel Hopkins, Portfolio Holder for Public Health said: "Our veteran trees are hugely beneficial to the park, both in terms of their beauty and the fact that they are linked to our Green Flag status.

"At this stage in their life, older trees start to slowly decline and reduce in size and we need to do all we can to preserve them. This is a really exciting project that will help protect some of our oldest treasures for future generations."

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