THE Droitwich Canals’ Restoration Partnership is appealing for help to set a new Guinness World Record.

The event, on Saturday, December 5, is part of BBC Breathing Places Tree O’Clock – a national attempt to plant a record number of trees in just one hour. Taking place across the country, the aim is to plant a million trees, beating the current record of 653,143.

As part of Tree O’Clock, families, young people, groups and individuals are invited to help plant at least 1,000 trees between 11am and 12noon along the banks of the recently restored stretch of the Droitwich Junction Canal between Hanbury Wharf and Droitwich Spa. Teams of ten will be formed to plant 100 trees each over the hour.

The trees have all been donated by the GreenPrints campaign and will help establish important new habitats for a wide variety of birds, bugs and beasties that thrive by the water.

Anyone wanting to take part should meet at 10am at Droitwich Rugby Club, off Hanbury Road. They should wear old clothes, wellies and bring a spade.

For further details or to get involved contact British Waterways volunteer team leader John Brownbridge on 077101 75297 or email The restoration of the Droitwich Canals will see the creation of the Mid Worcestershire Ring - a 21 mile linear park and canal loop, establishing new wildlife habitats and preserving 40 heritage structures. Once complete it will generate over 320,000 new visits to the area within five years with an additional spend of £2.75m per year in the local economy.