PEOPLE IN Bradford are invited to take part in a free tree planting event at a park in Bradford this weekend.

The first "urban forest" is set to be created, by planting 10,000 trees at Newhall Park, Bradford on on Saturday, November 21.

The initiative is being run as part of the The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC), a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee in 2022.

Sir Nicholas Bacon, Chairman of The Queen’s Green Canopy said: “The Queen’s Green Canopy is proud to unveil its first urban forestry project in Bradford, continuing our work to support urban greening in areas of high socioeconomic deprivation and low canopy cover across the UK.

"Working with Trees for Cities and Bradford Council, we hope to establish a beautiful and sustainable space to connect local people with nature, and create a cleaner, greener, healthier place for residents and future generations to enjoy.”

The event, which coincides with National Tree Week, is being hosted by Trees for Cities, a charity working to improve lives by planting trees in urban areas and Bradford Metropolitan Council.

It is a free family friendly event, and there will be disability friendly toilets on site, a vegan hot lunch and refreshments available.

Bradford is one of the UK's youngest and most diverse cities with over a quarter of its population under 16, it is hoped that this project will celebrate the cities multiculturalism and commitment to tree planting across areas of socioeconomic need.

Volunteers on the day, which include former Bradford resident Alastair Campbell, will plant a variety of species to transform a flat and underused space into what will eventually become a vibrant and accessible woodland for local communities, which has 10 primary schools within a 1-mile radius.

Alastair Campbell said: “I am looking forward to going back to Bradford to plant some trees as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy. I spent the first eleven years of my life in West Yorkshire and I think travelling around with my dad on his vet’s rounds visiting farms was when I first experienced the power and the pull of beautiful scenery.

Trees are so important to that, and so important to our urban life too."

The event will kick off at 10am and will end at around 3pm. Those wishing to attend are encouraged to sign up to the event here: