To mark National Tree Week, the UK’s largest annual tree celebration, Warwick District Council has been planting new trees in Hampton Magna.
At what is traditionally the start of the winter tree planting season (November to March), the Council’s Green Spaces team has added two Emerald Queen and Norway Maple trees to the field in Styles Close as part of its ‘Trees for our Future’ initiative, with further plans to add more trees and hedging around the edge of this site.
Warwick District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Services, Councillor Moira-Ann Grainger commented;
“In recent months we have valued our outdoor spaces more than ever. We therefore wanted to use this occasion to remind ourselves about the importance of trees in supporting wildlife, improving our health and reducing our carbon footprint.”
Budbrooke Parish Council’s representative, Councillor Robert Daffern commented;
“The Parish Council welcomes the addition of more trees in Hampton Magna and is looking forward to working with the District Council over the coming years on this project.”
As well as planting the standard trees in Hampton Magna and other locations across the District during the winter season, the Council will be undertaking a mapping exercise to identify the best opportunities and sites for larger scale tree planting in the area.
Warwick District Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, Councillor Alan Rhead commented;
“In the next few years our ‘Trees for our Future’ initiative will play a significant part in our Climate Emergency Action Plan, however our success will depend on us making sure that we plant the right trees in the right places. This research is therefore an invaluable element of our long term project.”
‘Trees for our Future’ is part of the Council’s ongoing commitment to the environment, health and wellbeing and has a target of planting 160,000 trees, one for every resident living in our district.
Working in partnership with the Woodland Trust, Forestry Commission, Warwick Tree Wardens, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, Heart of England Forest, businesses, schools and community groups, the Council’s project team will be facilitating a number of schemes to encourage both small and large scale planting on Council and third party land; from private gardens and community spaces to multi-hectare sites.