Dec 8 2009 Chester Chronicle
A CHESTER community reached for their spades and rallied round in a bid to break the record for the number of trees planted in one hour.
The Friends of Westminster Park joined in the BBC's Breathing Spaces Tree O'Clock on Saturday.
This was a nationwide event involving local groups in more than 60 counties with the intention of breaking the Guinness Book of Records for the number trees planted in one hour -currently over 600,00.
Starting sharp at 11am, the 17 Friends planted more than 200 trees in the old tree nursery in about 35 minutes - much to their surprise.
The Friends were joined by planters from the Cheshire Landscape Trust and the Lache Community Centre.
The trees were a mixture of local native species such as silver birch, hazel, rowan, holly, spindle tree crab-apple and bird cherry.
They were planted in the old tree nursery alongside the trees planted earlier this year as part of the Park development plan.
The aim is to provide seeds and fruit to attract birds into the park.
The Friends were helped by parks manager Jill Connolly and Julia Wilson from the Lache Community Trust.
Trees were donated by Vale Contracts, the Cheshire Landscape Trust, the council and individual members of the Friends.
Friends secretary Paul Makin said they would not know if their record breaking attempt had been successful until the end of the week at the earliest.