Soroptimists plant 60 new trees at Victoria Park

Soroptimists plant 60 new trees at Victoria Park

by Danielle Thompson (June 2021)

MEMBERS of Soroptimist International Southport gathered at Victoria Park to plant 60 young trees!

In 2021, SI Southport’s umbrella organisation, Soroptimist International, celebrates its centenary. The first action taken by Soroptimists in 1921 was to save trees and 100 years later, the group are ‘Planting Trees for a Brilliant Future’, one of their centenary projects as part of the Woodland Trust’s reforestation project, A Tree Today, A Forest Tomorrow.

Alan Adams, the General Manager of Southport Flower Show and the Victoria Park Management Company, secured a supply of saplings which he offered to schools, community groups and local organisations for planting in Victoria Park.

Every tree planted will contribute to the global reforestation efforts, restoring lost forests, repairing damaged ecosystems and mitigating climate changes.

Along with assistance from Victoria Park volunteer Simon Moorhouse, the Soroptimists planted 60 crab-apple saplings from the ‘Wild Wood’ mixture - which can tolerate exposed sites and help dry up wet areas - thereby supporting the Woodland Trust and the local environment with new trees, as well as supporting Victoria Park, a self-supporting registered charity.

Soroptimist International is a women’s service organisation - a global volunteer movement working together to transform the lives of women and girls. The organisation has nearly 72,000 members in 121 countries and has consultative status with the United Nations.

A spokesperson for the Southport branch said: “We have an active club in Southport, which was chartered in 1932 so in 2022, we are 90 years old. Over the years, our club has attracted women at the top of their professions and businesses and that is still the case today. 

“We would welcome new members – forward-thinking women of tomorrow who want to make a difference today. The time has never been better! As we continue our journey to another 100 years, we continue to seek vibrant, passionate women who are ready to dig in their heels and work towards making the world a better place for women and girls.”

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