Published: Tuesday, 22nd November 2022

Thirty “twinning trees” have been planted in St Nicholas Park to celebrate a partnership of more than thirty years between Warwick and its twin town of Verden in Germany.

A similar tree planting event took place in Verden last year.

The Mayor of Warwick, Councillor Parminder Singh Birdi, and Warwick District Council’s Vice-Chairman and Portfolio Holder for Green Spaces Councillors Sidney Syson and Judith Falp, were joined by representatives from Warwick Town Council, including Councillor Noel Butler, Councillor Richard Eddy, and the Town Clerk, Jayne Topham to help plant white and pink cherry tree saplings.

The initiative has been led by Warwick Town Council with funding and tree planting support from Warwick District Council. It is also one of several community projects being facilitated by Warwick District Council as part of their ‘Trees for our Future’ campaign.

The planting of the thirty cherry trees comes ahead of Warwick welcoming a team of young adults from Verden to the town next summer as it hosts EuroCamp 2023. The two-week event will bring young people from Warwick, its twin towns of Verden (Germany) and Saumur (France), and its friendship towns of Havelberg (Germany), and Formigine (Italy), together for a cultural experience and community art project. The Eurocampers will perform the unveiling of the commemorative signage and see the trees in their summer leaves next July.

Councillor Birdi, Mayor of Warwick, commented:

“Warwick was twinned with Verden, in Lower Saxony in Germany, in 1991.

In celebration of more than thirty years of partnership with our friends in Verden, we have planted these thirty trees. Verden has also planted thirty trees in recognition of our partnership. The colourful cherry trees here in St Nicholas Park are a symbol of the friendship between our respective towns and the connection everyone who lives in Verden and Warwick continues to enjoy today. We look forward to welcoming the young people from Verden and our other partner towns to see the trees as part of EuroCamp 2023.”

Councillor Syson commented:

“We were delighted to lend our support to this project, symbolising friendship, partnership and hope for the future. I am very much looking forward to seeing the colourful trees coming into bloom and hope it inspires our community to take action to enable similar schemes be they big or small.”

The ceremony precedes the start of National Tree Week (26 November to 4 December), during which Warwick District Council will be showcasing a number of other ‘Trees for our Future’ projects currently in progress as part of their ambitious scheme to plant 160,000 new trees by 2030, one for every resident living in the district.

Information and contact details on the ‘Trees for our Future’ scheme can be found on our website.

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