East Suffolk councillors ‘dug in’ last week to help support National Tree Week, the UK’s largest annual tree celebration.
As part of East Suffolk Council’s commitment to the environment, three councillors supported National Tree Week, which marks the start of the winter tree planting season, by digging in and planting new trees.
Cllr James Mallinder, cabinet member for the Environment, worked with Greener Growth to plant four new trees at the Council’s offices in Melton as part of a wider project to support the environment by planting trees, a meadow and creating homes for the local wildlife on the site.
He said: “Tree planting is an important aspect of our environmental vison in East Suffolk and contributes to our climate emergency target to be carbon neutral by 2030. They are essential in our fight against climate change as not only do they absorb carbon, they can also help to reduce pollution and keep the air clean Furthermore, hundreds of kinds of wildlife, like birds, bugs, and squirrels as well as other kinds of plant all live in or on trees. Without them, countless animals would lose their homes or sources of food.
“I want to encourage our communities to get involved and planting a tree is a small but hugely effective way to help make a different. It is however essential that planting takes place in appropriate locations, where trees can be properly cared for to give them the best chance of reaching maturity.”
Elsewhere, Cllr Craig Rivett, Deputy Leader and cabinet member for Economic Development, and Cllr Letitia Smith, cabinet member for Communities, Tourism and Leisure, both visited Wood Meadow in Oulton Broad to take part in the planting of 900 small trees and 5 oaks, all of which were planted in three days.
Ownership of the 50-acre park was transferred to East Suffolk Council in 2019 as part of a housing development. The site is now managed by East Suffolk Norse, who have been working closely with the local community to develop a managemen plan, which also includes planting another 5+ hectares of woodland in the future.
In a joint comment, they said: “Trees are an essential resource which provide a wide range of environmental, economic and social benefits. They can help improve the health of communities and provide homes for precious wildlife, and the new trees that we are planting will bring many benefits for generations to come.”
If you would like to become a Woods Meadow volunteer, help plant the hedging or be part of the future plans, please contact Chris Ryde from East Suffolk Norse at firstname.lastname@example.org