Warwickshire Wildlife Trust's Community Project is actively supporting the Wildlife
Trusts' UK-wide Constituency Oaks initiative, which encourages all MPs to collect an acorn
and grow a tree for the Millennium. MPs were alerted to this at a launch in Westminster in
December last year and, so far, the response has been very encouraging.
Adding his support to this is the MP for Solihull, John Taylor. In his quest for acorns
he returned to his roots in Hampton in Arden where he was born and grew up. The growing
acorns will be nurtured by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust until the year 2000 when the young
trees will be planted out in the Solihull constituency.
Pledging his support for the initiative, John Taylor said,
"This inspirational project has MPs all over the UK actively involved in
protecting nature for many future generations. I am particularly pleased to be involved as
it gives me a chance to visit the area where I grew up, to collect acorns for my
constituency. The Solihull constituency is quite extensively developed these days but we
still have some wonderful open spaces and woodland too, so I hope the trees that I will be
helping to grow will make a significant contribution to the landscapes of the
Chris Thomas, Community & Education Manager for Warwickshire Wildlife Trust said
"We're delighted that John and many other MPs are taking part in Constituency
Oaks. The acorns will be gathered from Hampton in Arden Spinney where the Trust is proud
to be involved in a local project which looks after its wildlife. Hampton Society manage
the spinney on behalf of the Parish Council and they have worked very hard over the past
few years to make the spinney a valuable gift for future generations."
Over 250 MPs are taking part in Constituency Oaks this autumn and every constituency
included will appear on a special Geographic Information Systems map in the House of
Commons, supplied by the Ordnance Survey as their contribution to Trees of Time and Place.
The Warwickshire Wildlife Trust area will be well represented with the majority of local
MPs taking part this year.