Ed played four gigs in the park last summer, attracting around 160,000 fans, at the same time an exhibition at Christchurch Mansion was recording his journey to global fame was bringing in audiences from around the world.
The book accompanying the exhibition, written by Ed’s father, John Sheeran, was designed in Ipswich and printed by local company Healeys Print Group, who specialise in fine art publications.
The book has been printed on carbon balanced paper – all carbon used during production has been offset by tree planting. As a result, more than 200 trees have been supplied by the Woodland Trust for Ipswich Borough Council to plant in its parks.
The first 35 of those trees were planted in Chantry Park just before Christmas and taking part were the Borough’s Rangers, who were joined by the Mayor, Councillor Jan Parry, and representatives of Healeys.
Terry Adams, the company’s Business Development Manager, said: “It’s been a very special project to be able to work with the Borough Council and to be able to bring the added environmental benefit of the carbon balancing through the planting of the trees that were purchased through the materials used.”
The book created 238 square metres of new woodland and 9.537 tonnes of Co2 was captured.
The trees planted are all native species, including oak, beech, cherry, sweet chestnut, blackthorn, buckthorn, hawthorn and mountain ash.
Ed’s Divide tour achieved the highest attendance for a music tour (more than 7.31 million). He played 260 concerts across six continents and ended the tour in Ipswich, his home county town.
Caption: The Mayor, Jan Parry, helps Ranger David Dowding plant one of the trees in Chantry Park (Picture: JADE FROUD)