Open call for land – trees need you!

Gloucestershire County Council Press Release – 27 September 2021

Gloucestershire County Council is looking for land in the county to help to plant one million trees by 2030, increasing woodland and tackling climate change.

The county council has recently been awarded £300k from the Woodland Trust for planting trees in the county and developing a programme to maintain them, however finding enough space to put the trees is the next vital step. The council is now looking for landowners to come forward and offer land to plant approximately 360,000 trees over the next three years.

As trees grow, they help to reduce the impact of climate change by removing carbon dioxide from the air, which is driving global warming, and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere.

Now, a joint bid with the Local Nature Partnership to plant more trees in Gloucestershire has been given £299,960 from the Emergency Tree Fund Grant Scheme run by the Woodland Trust. The money will go towards planting more trees in Gloucestershire over the next three years, contributing to the county council’s individual aim of planting one million trees by 2030.

Cllr David Gray, cabinet member for climate change, said, “We know that planting trees goes a long way towards combatting the effects of climate change, so this financial support from the Woodland Trust will be of huge benefit to the county.

“What we need now is to work with landowners to put the right trees in the right places as quickly as possible. We want to be at the forefront of this initiative nationally which is why we support the Local Nature Partnership’s aim to increase Gloucestershire’s tree and woodland coverage.

“Working together will help us reach our target of becoming a net carbon zero county, bringing more woodland for future generations to enjoy at the same time.”

Ross Kennerley, regional director for South West England at Woodland Trust, said, “Trees and woodlands are an essential feature of the Gloucestershire landscape. The Woodland Trust is pleased to be able to support woodland creation in the county and would encourage landowners to bring forward potential woodland creation sites. We can then support you to create woodlands that are good for nature and climate and that will provide a living legacy for future generations”

Are you a landowner who can help? Contact the county council’s climate change team by emailing glosclimate@gloucestershire.gov.uk

To read more about our approach for trees please visit https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/planning-and-environment/climate-change/climate-change-what-is-the-councils-approach/trees/