Tree-mendous progress towards tree planting target
Gloucestershire County Council is on track to achieve its target of planting one million trees by 2030.
A vision of a thriving network of sustainably managed trees and woodland around the county is being developed, supported by funding from the Forestry Commission and Woodland Trust.
A total of 66,000 trees have been planted during the last two planting seasons by the county council, including trees planted to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
More than 40 different sites around the county have been used, involving nearly 100 volunteers and officers. These projects enable the public to play a key part in planting trees while providing many benefits to the community, including bringing people together, having a positive impact on mental health and encouraging outdoor activities.
Trees also create habitats for wildlife, offering protection and shelter along with nutrition from fruits, nuts and seeds.
Plans are now being made for the winter planting season from October 2022 and next year, when we aim to plant over 100,000 more trees.
A ‘Gloucestershire Tree Warden Scheme’ is being set up, in partnership with the Tree Council, to bring everyone together who has a shared interest in looking after trees.
It aims to build on the current network of fantastic volunteer tree champions, so more trees can be planted and cared for.
To find out more about the Tree Warden Scheme and sign up, please email email@example.com.
More land is also needed around the county for tree planting. If you have a possible planting project, or have land that could be used, you can submit your expression of interest here.
Cllr David Gray, cabinet member for environment and planning, said: “It’s great to see we are making good progress towards achieving our target of planting one million trees by 2030. Trees provide so many benefits – they help with climate change, boost our wellbeing and help everyone to appreciate the environment.
“We would like local communities to be involved as much as possible, so if you’re interested please sign up to our Tree Warden Scheme.”