First saplings take root in scheme to plant 6,000 trees across Brentwood

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The first trees have been set into the earth at St Faith’s Country Park as part of the 6,000 trees being planted by Brentwood Borough Council, thanks to funding from Thames Chase Trust and Essex County Council.

The very first tree to be planted was a Monterey pine and around 900 were planted over a two day period.

Chair of the Environment, Enforcement and Housing Committee, Cllr Maria Pearson said; “It is so good to see that within a fortnight of the funding being made available the first trees are in the ground.

“Seeing them planted, even at this early stage, gives you a real insight into what these areas will look like once the trees are properly established. The trees at St Faith’s will be part of a community orchard which will provide yet another lovely place to visit. It is great to see our green borough getting greener!”

Brentwood Council received £13,456 from the Thames Chase Trust under the “Trees for Climate” scheme to plant new 6,000 trees in the borough.

The initiative is part of a nationwide plan to create a Community Forest and help tackle carbon emissions whilst enhancing natural areas for residents.

More trees will be planted at St Faith’s, Childerditch, Hatch Road and Magpie Lane and cover a total of nearly 3 hectares.

Dave Bigden, Consultant Forest Director for Thames Chase Trust, said: “Thames Chase Trust is delighted to be working in partnership with Brentwood Borough Council and Essex County Council on this exciting new tree planting programme.

“Combining the benefits of Trees for Climate and the Essex Forest Initiative has brought maximum benefit to Brentwood and the success of our partnership in 2020/21 will help us drive forward, planning for year two of the Trees for Climate programme in 2021/22. It is always good to see the start of these schemes with the first planting and we will all be watching the trees grow in the coming months and years.

“The creation of new woodlands, combined with the increase in management of existing woodlands, will bring significant improvements in the recreational, amenity and biodiversity value of Thames Chase Community Forest. It will continue and expand the work we have been delivering with our partners since the inception of the Forest in 1990.

“Trees for Climate will help the Thames Chase Trust and its partners to continue to drive this vital work forward. This scheme aligns with the aims and objectives of the Thames Chase Plan and the tree planting will support the Trust’s vision to create a mosaic landscape, rich in diverse habitat, across Thames Chase Community Forest.”

Cllr Simon Walsh, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change Action, said: “The planting across Brentwood is another exciting step forward to achieving our ambitions for the Essex Forest Initiative and a clear demonstration of our desire to continue to address the negative effects of climate change across the county.”

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