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£50,000 boost for tree planting in Rushcliffe

2 February 2018

Thousands of trees are set to be planted across Rushcliffe in the next three years as part of a £50,000 project to ensure sustainable environments in line with the borough’s significant housing and employment growth.

From April further grants will be made available for groups and individuals to apply for planting trees in prominent points on gateways to the borough’s town and villages and across their communities.

The initiative will also promote the Council’s Biodiversity Management Grant to support tree planting of native trees in hedgerows or open spaces for nature conservation purposes.

Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment Cllr Debbie Mason joined Executive Manager for Communities Dave Mitchell, the Council’s contractors Streetwise and council officers to plant one of the first trees on Collington Way in West Bridgford on 31 January 2018.

She said: “Tree protection and promotion is an issue often raised by Councillors and the wider public particularly as our communities are set to grow increasingly in the coming years. 

 “We want to support economic growth to ensure a sustainable, prosperous and thriving local economy whilst maintaining and enhancing our residents’ quality of life.”

The Council’s Community Support Scheme will alert councillors to possible funding from their allocation to tree planting in their wards, in line with the Rushcliffe Nature Conservation Strategy.

Officers will also encourage individuals to join The Tree Warden Scheme in their local community, to play an active role in conserving and enhancing their local trees and woods with opportunities further publicised through Parish Forums.

Visit http://www.rushcliffe.gov.uk/trees to find out more.