Broxtowe reaches 100,000 tree planting target
Schoolchildren helped mark an historic day in Broxtowe as they helped to plant the 100,000th tree to reach the Council’s target to plant 100,000 trees by 2016.
Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe, Councillor Susan Bagshaw joined the Year 5 children from Springbank Primary School to Plant the 100,000th tree in Jubilee Park, Eastwood.
The tree is one of three large English Oaks and 100 smaller mixed native trees to be planted at the park, with similar plantations also on sites in the three larger towns in Broxtowe – Beeston, Kimberley and Stapleford.
“It was a great honour to be involved in this tree planting event,” said the Mayor.
“Oak trees are one of the most well known and loved trees so it is fitting that we should mark such a momentous occasion by planting one to reach our target.”
Leader of Broxtowe Borough Council and Portfolio Holder for Environment and Economic Development, Councillor Richard Jackson said: “This event is a very proud occasion for both the Council and the Borough of Broxtowe and marks five years of hard work to achieve our ambitious target to plant 100,000 trees in the Borough. Protecting and enhancing the environment is a priority for the Council and I am so pleased that we have reached our 100,000 target.”
United Living, the Borough Council’s construction partner has also pledged to offset their carbon emissions whilst carrying out modernisations works to Council owned properties. To date, United living has donated over £15,000 towards the Councils 100,000 tree initiative which equates to the purchase, planting and establishment cost of 3,000 trees.
Richard Baker, director of United Living, said: “Working with Broxtowe Borough Council is terrific and we’re pleased to have shared the day with the children from Springbank Primary School. Planting the 100,000th tree is a landmark event we should all be proud of.”
Broxtowe is part of Greenwood Community Forest, which aims to increase tree cover in Nottinghamshire. Malcolm Hackett, Greenwood’s Senior Practitioner said: “Broxtowe’s target of 100,000 more trees showed great vision for the district and completing the planting this month is testimony to a lot of work by the many local people who got involved. Greenwood has been pleased to support this effort and we are looking forward to seeing these trees grow to their full potential and helping more people to enjoy their local woodlands and green spaces.”
Trees are an integral part of the British landscape and as well as their natural beauty, they provide towns and cities with shade and a cooling effect in summer, absorb atmospheric pollutants and safely lock away the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. Trees and hedgerows support a huge range of wildlife, providing food and shelter along with a place to nest and hibernate.
Over the past five years, Broxtowe Council has undertaken tree planting schemes on parks, open spaces, roadside verges, burial grounds, housing sites and in town centres. In addition a great deal of support and encouragement has been provided to housing developers, Borough residents, community and friends groups to help plant more trees.
The Council’s Parks and Open Spaces team is already developing plans for their next project to improve the green spaces in the Borough.
For more information, please visit www.broxtowe.gov.uk/leisure