Children’s Centre in world-record attempt 

Councillor Murray and Tonge Children's Centre planting trees
Councillor Madeline Murray, Executive Member for Looked after Children and Safeguarding, with children and parents from Tonge Children's Centre.

Tonge Children’s Centre has done its bit for the environment, holding a tree planting event to promote National Tree Week.

On Saturday (5/12), children, parents and members of staff from the Centre, alongside members of Tonge United Reformed Church, took part in Tree O’clock, a world record attempt to plant the most shrubs and trees in one hour.

More than 20 people, including Councillor Madeline Murray, Executive Member for Looked after Children and Safeguarding at Bolton Council, got their hands dirty, planting 102 trees and shrubs around the grounds of the Centre.

The event was one of many similar planting sessions held all around the country, with hundreds of thousands of trees planted in public places all over Britain as part of the BBC’s Breathing Places campaign.
Breathing Places was set up in 2005 to encourage people to do one thing to help nature on their doorstep.

The project has been a huge success, with 478,300 people, 15 city councils and 27,140 school children have been involved in 1381 events, planting 71,279 trees and flowers, creating 6780 wildlife homes and transforming 1,409,235m2 of land.

Councillor Murray said: “The event was great fun; I really enjoyed doing my bit to help, meeting lots of people who use the Centre, and attempting to go for a world record.

“This is a really good project that everyone can get involved in and make a real difference to their community.”

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