Date published: 23rd December 2020

North Norfolk District Council volunteers have planted 2,200 trees over various tree planting events in December

Council staff are given 2 days of voluntary time each year that they can take for the purpose of assisting in community projects benefitting North Norfolk.

Volunteers from the Benefits, Planning, Environmental Health, Leisure, Economic Development and Housing teams used their voluntary time to plant trees in North Norfolk woodlands, with a combined aim of improving the diversity and strengthening the habitat in the woodlands and working towards the Council’s green initiatives.

The green fingered volunteers traded in their computers for shovels for a day and took to Holt Country Park and Warren Woods in Cromer to plant a variance of Hawthorne, Hazel, Leaf Lime, Oak, Crabapple, Beech, Field Maple, Cherry and Hornbeam.

The tree planting events are part of the Council’s 110,000 Trees project, which aims to plant a tree for every resident in North Norfolk as part of the wider objective of offsetting carbon in North Norfolk and green agenda for climate change.

Council staff were joined by cabinet members Cllr. Toye, Cllr. Kershaw and Cllr. Lloyd.

Attending one of the planting events, Chief Executive Steve Blatch said:

“It’s great to be in Holt Country Park supporting the Council’s objective of planting 110,000 trees over 4 years. Teams have been out over the weeks in support of the project, where we’re planting deciduous trees to strengthen this habitat here in Holt Country Park

The Council offers some volunteer days to staff, and this project is about us getting out and about after a difficult year to make our environment better.”

See the video from the tree planting event on 09 December:


Cllr. Nigel Lloyd, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services, Climate Change & Environment said: 

“Planting trees is a most satisfying thing to do, it is a sustainable way to positively affect the environment.

These planting events had the additional benefit of enabling NNDC staff to interact with their colleagues, in a COVID safe environment, after many months of working remotely from home. The weather was kind to us and we planted lots of trees. A really enjoyable experience.”

The Felbeck Trust has also planted 900 trees in West Beckham and the Women’s Institute has planted 310 in Smallburgh and Dilham. A further 165 were given away at Holt Country Park for people to plant themselves on their own land.

The Council has also recently employed a Climate Change Project Officer and Environmental Policy Officer, who will work closely with parishes, communities, and other agents/organisations on green initiatives in North Norfolk.

Last updated: 24th December 2020