The latest instalment of Hertfordshire County Council’s (HCC) ‘Your Tree Our Future Scheme’ saw 8, 980 trees were dropped off to residents gathered at Woodside Playing Fields on December 9.
Across the county, 74,000 trees were requested by residents keen to spruce up their backyards in December. Alongside injecting a bit of greenery into their gardens, participants in the scheme will help the county eliminate an estimated 125,000 tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere over the lifespans of their trees.
The ‘Your Tree Our Future’ scheme, which was initiated in 2022, aims to have 100, 000 trees donated to Herts residents by 2026.
Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, said: “It’s great that residents can get more involved with making Watford a greener place to live, and the community support was shown with nearly 9,000 trees requested. These trees will mainly be in private gardens, making sure that neighbourhoods across Watford will benefit.
“When I was elected, I set a goal of helping to plant 20,000 trees by 2026 in the town. This tree giveaway was a massive step towards that goal, as well as helping the borough’s goal to be carbon net zero by 2030.”
This December, an additional 197 trees were planted across public spaces like parks and streets in Watford. Woodside Playing Field will also soon see another 300 tree saplings planted on its grounds.