City council to plant 4,000 trees and hold citizens assembly as part of climate change commitment

More than 4,000 trees will be planted across the city as part of the city council’s commitment to tackling climate change.

The move is part of a citizen’s assembly which will shape the city’s response to becoming a carbon neutral city by 2028.

Wolverhampton was the first Black Country authority to declare a climate emergency last July with rallies held across the region as part of the Global Climate Strike.

Council leader Ian Brookfield welcomed the fact that the authority is now recognising the call for action.

“It’s an important and growing priority for all Wulfrunians but especially our younger generations who are key to the future success of our city.

They’ve told us that climate change is the single biggest issue for them, it’s time our city listens, learns and acts”

The 4,000 trees will be planted at Fowlers Park, Penk Rise, Bantock Park, Spring Vale Park and Stow Heath Lane Open Space with the support of a range of community groups, schools and businesses.

The first community tree planting taking place at Fowlers Park on 15 February, with two more being held at Penk Rise in Tettenhall Wood on the 16 and 20 February.

A Friends of the Earth Wolverhampton spokesman has also welcomed the initiative.

“Working with local communities to plant trees, consulting communities, setting and working towards a carbon neutral target by 2028, we really are a Green City that we can all be proud of.

We hope that businesses, the university, schools, hospitals, faith groups alike will all join in to create a greener future for all“ They added, also praising the community aspect of the actions.

The city’s Midlands Extinction Rebellion has also welcomed the council’s actions.

“The Citizens Assembly which the council is convening is an important democratic initiative for ordinary Wulfarians to begin to understand the scale of the climate and ecological emergency we face,” said an XR spokesman

“The council should listen to the voice of the Assembly and implement the solutions they design.”