To mark each year of their illustrious history, leading East of England law firm Birketts LLP are to plant 150 trees that will form a special copse in one of Ipswich’s parks.
The Birketts Copse in Bourne Park will consist of specimen trees, such as native birch, mountain ash, oak, field maple, and will be planted this Saturday (23rd November) during National Tree Week.
It is very timely as Bourne Park suffered in the recent storm, with many trees damaged.
The copse will be created by Birketts staff and volunteers assisted by Ipswich Borough Council’s Rangers. It will be close to an area of planting undertaken by the community with funding gained by the Council through the Forestry Commission and Defra via the Big Tree Plant.
The Council’s portfolio-holder with responsibility for parks, Councillor BryonyRudkin, said the scheme was a fitting one: “Birketts are an established and respected firm in Ipswich and this seems a great way of marking each year of their illustrious past – and future – as we can all watch the trees grow.”
Nigel Farthing, Senior Partner of Birketts, said planting the trees was an appropriate way to celebrate the firm’s 150th anniversary: “Birketts has been a part of the Ipswich business community for 150 years and by plantingthese trees the firm is giving back to the community where we live and work.
“As part of our celebration of the firm’s 150th anniversary, we have undertaken a challenge to raise £150,000 for charity. At the last count, the firm has raised almost £138,304, 92% of the target for charities across East Anglia.”
The planting will begin on Saturday at 10am when Birketts’ staff don wellies and gloves to join the Council’s Rangers to get the copse under way. The Press is invited to attend to talk to the Birketts volunteers and find out more about the copse and National Tree Week. Entry via the Stoke Park Drive car park. Planting from 10am to 12.30pm.