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TREE-MENDOUS: Hertsmere council on track to plant 1000 trees this year

 Published on: 10th February 2021   |   By: Lizzie Ellis   |   Category: Uncategorized

Hertsmere Borough Council is planting over a thousand trees this year, as part of a scheme to increase the borough’s tree population.

This will be the highest number of trees planted in a single season in recent years.

The council aims to plant 1072 trees in the 2020/21 season across the borough, as part of the tree regeneration project and in line with Hertsmere’s Climate Emergency Strategy commitment to increase tree cover in the borough.

Councillor Seamus Quilty, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “This is excellent news! Trees are essential for people, wildlife and the environment, and they’re a hugely important part of our plans to address the climate emergency. 

“Trees are a powerful ally; they can help by reducing carbon dioxide levels and flood risk, moderating extremes of temperature, and improving air quality. They also provide habitat for many species, supporting biodiversity in the borough. 

“I am thrilled to see so many trees being planted this planting season, and I thank everyone involved.”

The council will be planting:

  • 500 whips in Furzefield Woods in Potters Bar as part of continued woodland management
  • 500 whips to replace those trees that have failed and to increase the size of small woodland blocks within parks across the borough
  • 72 new trees across our parks and open spaces in the borough.

Last year, Hertsmere Council planted 846 trees across the borough. Over 100 trees and shrubs were planted in King George Recreation Ground in Bushey to create shade, reduce surface flooding and improve biodiversity. 

Find out more about tree planting across the borough at hertsmere.gov.uk/treesinparks

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