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Council Tree Planting Scheme – 110,000 Trees in 4 Years
In 2019 North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) announced its ambition to plant 110,000 trees – one for every resident of North Norfolk – in a four year period. The scheme launched at its annual Greenbuild environmental sustainability event in September 2019 with an appeal to get members of the public and community groups involved with the tree planting initiative, and the project was kick started with 1,000 saplings being given away at the event by the Woodland Trust for residents to plant.
A number of individuals, community groups, schools and landowners came forward to offer their help, support and land for the project, which led to a handful of pilot projects being completed in the first winter planting season. Progress was hampered by the Covid-19 pandemic, however we are pleased to say that the project team is gearing up for a number of planting schemes this winter. The team will start by re-establishing contact with all those who expressed an interest last year, before seeking further ideas and involvement from the community once again.
Cllr Nigel Lloyd, Environment Portfolio Member at NNDC said, "I am delighted that despite the constraints placed upon us by Covid, NNDC remain fully focussed on delivering on our pledge to plant a tree for every resident in the District. We remain keen to work with landowners, farmers, town and village councils, schools, community groups and individuals to help us reach our goal of planting 110,000 trees by mid-2023.
Trees are an important part of our landscape in North Norfolk and planting them is recognised as one of the most engaging and environmentally friendly activities that people can take part in to better the planet. Trees provide a multitude of benefits, they bare attractive aesthetically, they remove and store carbon from the atmosphere, reduce the risk of flooding, enhance air quality and offer valuable habitats for our wildlife. Trees also benefit communities by having a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing, reducing stress and encouraging outdoor exercise.
I hope that the people of North Norfolk will embrace this project and help us increase tree coverage in our beautiful district."
As part of its support for National Tree week, NNDC will be hosting a ‘tree giveaway’ at Holt Country Park on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th December, with full details to be announced closer to the time. The NNDC Countryside Team will be on hand to give advice about planting and looking after each of the trees and participants can follow the Holt Country Park Facebook page to keep updated throughout the project.
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 environmental initiatives, which also includes the installation of Electric Vehicle Charge points on the Council’s car parks and solar panels on the roof at the Council’s Cromer offices.
If you'd like to get involved with NNDC's tree planting scheme, please complete the registration form below for further information and updates.