Date published: 26th November 2019

North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) is pleased to announce its support for National Tree Week as part of its ambition to plant 110,000 trees – one for every person in North Norfolk – over the next four years. The announcement is part of NNDC’s appeal to get members of the public and community groups involved with the tree planting initiative.

NNDC launched the scheme at its annual Greenbuild environmental sustainability event in September and the Council has already made significant progress towards achieving this ambitious goal. 10,000 trees will be planted in the Council’s award winning Holt Country Park and woodland areas and almost 1,000 saplings were given away by the Woodland Trust at Greenbuild for residents to plant. The Council is partnering with the Woodland Trust as its main supplier of trees for the scheme and is looking to involve members of the public and community groups with the planting of the trees. 

Nick Sandford, Regional external affairs officer at the Woodland Trust said:

“The Woodland Trust is delighted to work with North Norfolk Council as it responds to the climate and nature emergency we all face. It's hugely important local authorities lead the way, and North Norfolk’s trailblazing target of planting a tree for every local resident over the next four years is something councils across England should look to follow. Trees are amazing for their ability not just to remove and lock up carbon from the atmosphere, but in offering a home for wildlife and a green place we can all go to and enjoy. We need more of them and what North Norfolk Council is doing is a great start.”

Yesterday saw the first two trees planted at the Council’s office in Cromer to symbolically mark the commencement of the scheme by Leader of the Council Sarah Bütikofer, Chair of the Council Cllr. Clive Stockton and Senior Countryside Supervisor Anne-Marie Gedge.

Cllr. Nigel Lloyd, Environment Portfolio Holder at NNDC said, ‘NNDC declared a climate emergency in April and planting trees to help take carbon out of the atmosphere is a key initiative in our journey to becoming a carbon neutral council by 2030. We hope to engage with communities across the district to help us achieve our goal of planting a tree for every resident over the next four years and, at the same time, we are proud to support National Tree Week in partnership with the Woodland Trust.’

‘We are asking people to come forward with ideas and suggestions which can contribute to the Council’s aim of planting 110,000 trees. We know that a number of schools, parish councils and other community groups are active in this area and we would like to work with them to help identify sites for the tree-planting and then to nurture the trees they have planted.

As part of their support for National Tree week, NNDC will be hosting a seed planting event named “Norfolk Trees from Norfolk Seed” in Holt Country Park on Saturday 30 November between 10am-12pm.  The NNDC Countryside Rangers are keen to see as many people, of all ages, joining them in the park to collect seeds and receive advice and information on how to plant and care for them. Other events will follow over the tree planting season. Further information on these, and the wider tree planting initiative, can be found via the NNDC website.

NNDC was the first local authority in Norfolk to declare a climate emergency, and the tree-planting scheme is one of the Council’s many other environmental initiatives, which also includes the installation of Electric Vehicle Chargepoints on the Council’s car parks this winter and solar panels on the roof at the Council’s Cromer offices.

Last updated: 26th November 2019