Adur and Worthing Tree Planting Project
Nearly 150 trees are set to be planted across Adur and Worthing after the Councils secured £18,000 funding from The Tree Council.
Adur & Worthing Councils obtained the windfall as part of their commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and will plant 148 trees at three sites – Longcroft Park (Durrington, Worthing), Buckingham Park (Shoreham), and Malthouse Park (Sompting).
The Councils teams will work a network of active community groups to plant the saplings in the coming months – as part of the SustainableAW programme.
The new trees will join the 18,000 the Councils are responsible for, which includes landmarks such as Ilex Way in Goring, and the Midsummer Tree in Broadwater.
Cllr Emma Evans, Adur District Council’s Executive Member for the Environment, said: “Trees act as a filter and absorb pollutants from the air, as well as produce much-needed shade and reduce noise. Trees absorb carbon dioxide, which help reduce the rate of global warming and are host to wildlife.
“This project is important to increase our tree canopy, offset our carbon footprint and also give our communities a long lasting sustainable legacy. Each park has an active ‘Friends of Group’, which our park rangers look after and work with to improve their local green space.”
Cllr Edward Crouch, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Digital and Environmental Services, added: “This is just one of many initiatives we are planning to raise awareness of importance of planting and maintaining trees in our area. Worthing is home to thousands of trees and one of the Councils many roles is to ensure that these natural species continue to thrive for generations to come.”
Future Plans for Planting Sites
Longcroft Park is bordered by woodlands known as Whitebeam Woods, and recently had a community apple orchard planted. Their plan here is to plant 20 Euonymus, as well as an additional 20 hazel.
Buckingham Park is home to Sweet Chestnut specimens that are as old as 300 years. Their project is to recreate a woodland and plant more sweet chestnut trees over the next five years.
The plan at Malthouse Meadow is to convert the area into a forest garden using fruit trees. Each site has been identified for their specific purpose to suit the environment and the community. Each tree will be planted by hand and will be supported by two stakes, rubber strapping and protected by a weld mesh cage.
Funding is provided by The Tree Council, is a charity that aims to bring governments, communities and individuals together to care for trees and improve the planet’s future environment.