Monday, December 11, 2023

Council asks for help to identify tree planting sites

North Lincolnshire residents are being asked to suggest areas to transform into woodland as part of the council’s commitment to plant more trees.

Any spare piece of land will be considered – recent plantings of 1,000 trees took place off Brambling Way at Ashby Ville following a suggestion from a local resident.

A Bottesford landowner this year saw 3,400 Woodland Trust-donated trees planted on land close to the beck, helped by volunteer groups including Friends of Bottesford Beck, Scunthorpe Pentagon Rotary Club and TCV.

It isn’t just farmers or estate owners who could benefit, says the council, but smallholders or people with an acre of two behind their houses, or who know of unused land nearby.

Cllr David Rose, cabinet member for environment, said: “We can help provide the trees if residents and landowners can come up with the land to plant them on – together we can create a greener North Lincolnshire that will benefit generations to come.

“As well as generous funding schemes, groups of volunteers to carry out planting and aftercare can also be organised.”

The council works with a variety of funding sources and have already been involved in several large and small scale plantings across the region, in both rural and urban settings.

The site at Brambling Way used Humber Forest funding after North Lincolnshire joined the partnership.

Humber Forest helps communities, farmers, landowners, and businesses to plant trees in the easiest and most effective way possible, using grants from Trees For Climate and the Northern Forest.

A dedicated and experienced team is available with help, advice and guidance throughout the whole tree-planting process and beyond.

Newly-planted trees will be registered on the tree counter on the council’s website which keeps track of the ultimate aim of planting 250,000 trees.

It is part of the council’s Green Futures strategy, which is committed to making North Lincolnshire greener, more sustainable and a better place to live and work for generations to come.

Even small areas of land, such as field corners, are suitable for planting, and residents and landowners are urged to get in touch with for more information.

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