With CO2 emissions continuing to rise, many countries still cutting down their forests threatening wildlife and the effects of climate change looming large, the need for trees has never been so important.
With this as the backdrop, we are prioritising tree planting across Central Bedfordshire to increase natural regeneration in communities. We have recently secured £300,000 in funding over the next four years for tree planting from the Forestry Commission as part of its Treescapes Fund and have match funded this with a further £300,000
This funding will enable us to establish more trees in non-woodland settings such as alongside riverbanks, hedgerows, and footpaths. To start with, we will be focusing on planting in Barton-le-Clay, Biggleswade, Dunstable, Leighton-Linslade and Sandy
We are also supporting The Queen’s Green Canopy, a tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022. To officially launch this locally, we have planted seven trees in Jubilee Wood in Biggleswade – one for each decade the Queen will have reigned next year.
The environment is a topic currently very much in focus. Our government is hosting COP26, the United Nations Climate Conference and some of the commitments made in Glasgow could directly affect our everyday lives.
In this tree planting season, which runs through to the end of March 2022, we aim to plant around 500 trees in urban areas and have 11,500 in the pipeline via other grants. We also expect 2,900 trees to be planted in celebration of the Queen’s Green Canopy.
We can all play our part in being #onestepgreener. Planting trees is an investment in our future, which takes time and will help achieve our sustainability targets.
If you are interested in future tree planting information and events you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org.