1 Million Trees initiative passes 200,000 trees milestone
21 March 2023
As the 1 million Trees for Norfolk initiative approaches the end of its third planting season, Norfolk County Council is excited to announce a significant milestone in the journey to a greener, healthier county. The aim of hitting 200,000 trees by the end of this season has been exceeded with the total now standing at nearly 210,000 trees and hedgerows planted. The efforts of the community and our partner organisations have been vital in us achieving this and in securing a sustainable future for Norfolk.
The Jubilee Trees for Norfolk scheme has played a big part of this with residents and organisations coming together to leave a legacy for the late Queen. This scheme alone has been responsible for the planting of nearly 33,000 trees to benefit future generations and help combat the effects of climate change. The County Farms Hedge Restoration Fund has also added more than 50,000 hedge plants to the total, which stood at 68,000 at the beginning of this planting season.
Cllr Eric Vardy, Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste, said:
"This initiative is about much more than just planting trees. It's about addressing the environmental challenges we face and creating a greener, more sustainable future for Norfolk. The success of the Jubilee Trees scheme shows what can be achieved when we work together, and I'm excited to see what the future holds for this initiative".
With funding secured for the next planting season in November, Norfolk County Council will continue to work towards the goal of planting 1 million trees by 2025. Exciting new projects are planned, including a woodland planting scheme and a new partnership with Norfolk Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) to encourage woodland creation across Norfolk. Building on the success of ‘Jubilee Trees for Norfolk’ there will also be a new tree scheme supplying trees for the public to plant across the county.
Norfolk County Council would like to extend a special thank you to all those who have participated in the initiative by planting trees in their community. If you have planted trees as part of the 1 Million Trees for Norfolk initiative, please fill in the "Tell Us About Your Trees" form. Your contributions will be counted towards our total and will help us reach our goal.
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For more information on the 1 Million Trees for Norfolk initiative, visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/milliontrees