Norfolk’s trees provide us with a beautiful landscape and good quality of life.
Not only do they offer safe habitats for wildlife and help tackle climate change, they also boost our health and wellbeing. With so many benefits, Norfolk County Council has launched an ambitious project - 1 Million Trees for Norfolk.
Together with partners, landowners and communities, we aim to plant one million trees across the county over 5 years. This represents more than one tree per resident (population of 908,000 in 2019).
This project supports the County Council’s ambition to become carbon neutral by 2030 as part of our new Environmental Policy. Our Tree Planting and Resilience Strategy will guide this planting.
The project will see Norfolk working together – including the County and district councils, landowners, parish councils and residents.
Why Norfolk’s trees and hedges are important
- They produce oxygen and help tackle climate change by storing carbon
- Trees offer cool, shady areas and absorb pollutants
- A mix of species will help Norfolk adapt to future climate change, pests and diseases
- Volunteering as well as planting and caring for trees helps boost wellbeing
- Trees create valuable green spaces for local people
- Well-planned planting of trees and hedges creates safe, diverse wildlife corridors that link and protect habitats
- They stabilise soil, protect against wind damage and reduce surface water run-off and flooding
- Trees can provide us with food crops and other useful materials