Massive boost to tree planting in Gloucestershire

The tree planting season has come to an end and the county council is proud to announce that 130,006 trees have been planted this season.

It is another step closer to the county council’s ambition to plant one million trees by 2030, bringing the current total up to 220,396.

The figure from this planting season is made up of 124 different projects across Gloucestershire, which the county council, its partners, volunteers and individuals have worked on.

It includes the Woodland Trust’s 25,800 trees, 18,270 tree packs from the National Farmers’ Union (NFU), 4,605 community tree packs for schools and 2,925 more trees for woods. There were also 18,860 trees planted in private projects, including Miserden Estate, which planted 9,000 trees.

Among the projects were partnerships with various parish and town councils to develop community planting initiatives, such as Stonehouse Town Council’s urban arboretum and Dursley Rugby Club’s wildlife corridor hedgerow.

Stroud Valley Partnership worked on several projects, including wildlife corridors, totalling more than 6,000 trees. Beaudesert Park School contributed 2,100 trees to a school planting project, while Forestry England worked on replanting areas in the Forest of Dean where trees were lost due to Ash Dieback.

Other projects included the county council’s Bournside Project, which created a green corridor by planting over 3,000 trees, and Wotton Climate Action Group’s 100m hedge line in Synwell playing field.

Thousands more trees were planted by partners across the county including The National Trust, Farms for City Children, Cheltenham Borough Council and Hartpury University.

Cllr David Gray, cabinet member for environment and planning, said: “I would really like to thank all the partners, volunteers and individuals who have contributed to this year’s exceptional tree planting season.

“We are well on our way towards our target of planting one million trees by 2030, helping us to create a Greener Gloucestershire. Trees have many benefits, including providing a haven for wildlife, helping to boost our mental health, capturing carbon and fighting the effects of climate change.”

Gloucestershire County Council is committed to planting more trees and working with partners to increase tree cover across the county. If you have a possible planting project, or have land that could be used, you can submit your expression of interest here. You can sign up to receive the ‘Greener Gloucestershire’ newsletter and find out more on our website here.

If anyone would like more information on planting next year or becoming a tree warden, email glosclimate@gloucestershire.gov.uk

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