Thousands of trees are being planted right across Tendring as part of the council’s drive to improve biodiversity and tackle climate change.
To mark National Tree Week (28 November until 5 December) Tendring District Council (TDC) will plant 500 trees in Valley Walk, Frinton.
This will be followed up with planting of 30,000 trees as part of the Tendring Woodland Initiative Group.
The brainchild of volunteer tree warden Mike Wadham, the 30,000 trees mark the 30th anniversary of the Tree Council – which TDC has been part of since it was founded.
Permission has been agreed with local farmers to plant on their land in St Osyth, Kirby Cross, Wix and Great Bromley, while funding has come from the Tree Council and Network Rail.
Planting will start this month and be completed by the end of March 2021.
Michael Talbot, TDC Cabinet Member for Environment, said the value of trees should not be underestimated.
“Though it might seem obvious, trees are an important part of our landscape – providing food and habitat for wildlife, as well as being aesthetically pleasing in our beautiful countryside,” Councillor Talbot said.
“My thanks go to all involved in this, especially Mike Wadham who is a very positive and active volunteer not only with us, but also Essex Wildlife Trust and Essex County Council.”
It had been hoped to invite the community and local schools to tree planting events, but due to current Covid-19 restrictions that is not possible at this time.
The new planting is in addition to the almost 7,500 trees planted since March 2019 under the council’s partnership with Trees for Cities, in Clacton, Dovercourt and Frinton, as well as 330 trees planted in Lawford Dale.
Alan Coley, Chairman of TDC’s Climate Action Member Working Group, said there was a clear environmental benefit to tree planting.
“Trees are such an important part of our effort to tackle CO2 reduction, and planting is part of our Climate Change Action Plan which will be voted on by members at full council on 24 November,” Councillor Coley added.
“It can take some years for trees to reach maturity – and their full potential – so it is fantastic that we are planting so many trees now to put ourselves, our children and our grandchildren in a strong position in the long term.”