Over 1,300 trees planted across Dacorum to help reduce carbon footprint

Dacorum Borough Council has recently updated its Trees and Woodland Policy

Friday, 12th March 2021, 9:14 am
Updated Friday, 12th March 2021, 9:16 am

Dacorum Borough Council planted 1,313 trees in January and February to help reduce the borough's carbon footprint.

The three main areas with large-scale planting are Hemel Hempstead's Gadebridge Park, Keens Field and Leys Road.

Trees were also introduced in Coronation Fields, Northchurch, and Bunkers Park and along roadsides.

Trees have been planted in Gadebridge Park

Of the trees planted, over 900 were whips - young trees that are only two to three years old. These were all mixed native species including Hazel, Holly, Cherry, Hornbeam, Blackthorn, Hawthorn and Apple.

Between now and 2025 another 1,000 native whips will be planted in Gadebridge Park combined with 30 more older trees, and 2,000 whips in Bunkers Park, as part of the borough's tree planting strategy.

Cllr Alan Anderson, Dacorum Borough Council's Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services, said: "The tree planting project is an important part of the council's climate and ecological emergency work as trees not only help to create a home for wildlife and preserve biodiversity, but will also help to reduce the borough’s carbon footprint as trees soak up carbon emissions.

"Please do not disrupt or damage these young trees, they need to be left alone in order to grow successfully."

Dacorum Borough Council has recently updated its Trees and Woodland Policy, this contains information about the management of council trees and advice on how to manage your own trees. Find more information click here.