Residents, community groups, schools, parish councils, charities, businesses, landowners, and farmers applied for a total of more than 8,000 free trees from Chichester District Council as part of a scheme to increase tree planting across the district.
Thousands of free trees were made available, and people applied for bundles of 10 or 20 trees that were tailored to suit the location and soil type of the area in which they plan to plant them. The council received more than 100 applications.
The council’s Tree Chichester District scheme was launched in January and funded by The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The council is one of five local authorities in England taking part in the £2.5m tree planting pilot, testing ways to increase tree cover.
Kingsham Primary School in Chichester successfully applied for free trees. Dawn Tarrant, the school’s Eco Lead, says: “We want to plant more trees to extend our forest school area and involve the children in this venture. This will enhance the children’s learning opportunities.”
Residents of the Sandpiper Walk estate in West Wittering applied for trees to plant on their estate: “We want to further improve the habitats within the estate that were once abundant with many varieties of birds, including goldfinches, slow worms and hedgehogs.”
Fishbourne Roman Palace and Sussex Archaeological Society will also be receiving trees through the scheme: “The trees will add visual appeal for our visitors, as well as supporting and conserving our wildlife and engaging with our charity’s views on climate change.”
Councillor Penny Plant, Cabinet Member for the Environment and Chichester Contract Services at Chichester District Council, says: “We were overwhelmed by the response to the scheme having received applications for free trees from all over the district. The addition of these new trees will make such a difference to our local environment and we are looking forward to supporting the successful groups and individuals with their tree planting projects. Our Tree Project Officer has also been working on a number of smaller projects. These include plans to plant three mini urban forests in public spaces; funding planting of orchard trees; and funding tree planting on farms and private land.”
Find out more about this at www.chichester.gov.uk/climatechange