Chelmsford City Council has pledged to plant a tree for every resident in Chelmsford over the next ten years. Volunteers and Chelmsford City Council staff have made a great start by planting over 5,000 trees in just two months in a bid to boost the city's green canopy.
This winter, the Council is organising sessions for community groups, corporate volunteers and regular parks volunteers to get involved in this gigantic effort to change the landscape of the area.
Winter is considered the best season for planting young trees. Several new woodland areas have already been created across the area, using tiny saplings of mixed native British species including oak, field maple, holly and Scots pine, alongside woodland plants such as dog rose, hawthorn and wild privet.
- The W.I. planted 1410 trees at Hylands Park Estate on 15 November and 6 December
- Volunteers from Gallagher Insurance created a new 1000-tree woodland at Admirals' Park on 29 November
- Staff and students from Anglia Ruskin planted 1000 saplings at Admirals Park on 2 December
- Thriftwood School and Fairtrade joined the Mayor to plant a grove of 135 trees in another part of Admirals Park on 3 and December
- Regular volunteers gave 800 little trees a new home at Hylands Park on 4 December, 900 on 11 December and 140 on 12 December.
- Workers from Essex and Suffolk Water joined Parks volunteers at Creekview and Compass Gardens in South Woodham Ferrers on 19 December, planting another 1000 trees.
More organisations have already come forward for further planting dates in the New Year.
Councillor Jude Deakin, Cabinet Member for Safer Communities, said, "Ask anyone you meet and they will tell you that being amongst trees makes them feel calmer, happier and connected with the world. However, they are important for more than that - they are essential for our survival and the survival of every creature on our planet. They provide habitats and they absorb carbon, helping to offset the damaging gases that we humans are still releasing into our atmosphere.
"By running volunteer sessions as well as planting trees with our own staff, we hope to raise awareness of the importance of trees and give Chelmsford residents a chance to get hands-on with nature. Join in and you'll be part of a sweeping national movement towards a greener, cleaner future."
Elgan Adlard, Parks Volunteer Leader, has been running the sessions and teaching attendees how to plant trees to give them the best chance of survival. He said, "I have been leading volunteer sessions for Chelmsford City Parks for five years. Turnout has always been good - people love having a chance to get outdoors and immerse themselves in natural surroundings. But in the last year, with climate change gaining such a high profile in the news, we've really seen a huge increase in interest, which I think is brilliant.
"I'm looking forward to seeing the landscape of Chelmsford change over the coming years as hundreds of thousands of trees grow. We're proud to be creating beautiful new woodlands for humans and wildlife to enjoy."
Five thousand trees may sound like a lot, but there are still 143,000 to be planted over the next ten years - and plenty more chances to get involved! The next two big volunteering events are Community Planting Days on 2 February at Creekview Road, South Woodham Ferrers, and on 1 March at Hylands Park Estate.
Both sessions will run from 10am-1pm. Everyone is welcome to get involved, including accompanied children. Just email the Love Your Chelmsford mailbox at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your attendance.
You can also follow @LoveYourChelmsford on Facebook for announcements on all kinds of environmental schemes and opportunities within the Chelmsford area.
Friday 20 December.