On Saturday 4 December, Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC) commenced tree planting as part of the Godmanchester Community Tree Planting Project.
The project is part of the national tree planting incentive, the Queen's Green Canopy Jubilee supported by the Woodland Trust. The District Council worked with community groups in Godmanchester to plant a new woodland, the first community woodland creation project that we have organised.
Executive Councillor for Operations and Environment, Councillor Marge Beuttell, said: "This planting project is the first community project led by Huntingdonshire District Council. It was great to be joined by local volunteers and groups such as the Great Ouse Valley Trust and Godmanchester In Bloom to begin work on creating the new woodland for the town.
"The planting of new tree whips is something that council is keen to kick on with and organise even more community events to realise the vision from our tree strategy for the next 10 years and maximise the environmental, economic and health benefits of trees across the district."
In addition to the many volunteers from local groups, Cllr Marge Beuttell was joined on-site by HDC Executive Leader, Cllr Ryan Fuller, HDC Managing Director, Joanne Lancaster, and the Chair of the Great Ouse Valley Trust, Graham Campbell.
800 tree whips provided by the Woodland Trust have been planted through the Godmanchester Community Project by approximately 90 volunteers from the District Council, Godmanchester Green Team, Great Ouse Valley Trust, local clubs, schools and churches. It is the first large-scale planting project organised by our Arboricultural team, who are aiming to plant 2,000 trees over the next 6 months across the district.
Our Arboricultural service plays an important role in the management of the district's tree population. As well as looking after trees and woodlands on council-owned land and protecting trees, the service acts as an example of positive tree management best practice.
One particular area of the service’s responsibility is to develop partnership project opportunities to create new woodland and an annual tree-planting programme, including memorial trees, of which the Godmanchester Community Tree Planting Project is one of the larger-scale projects that we have overseen.
The new woodland planting is part of the council’s long-term tree planting initiative to increase tree canopy within Huntingdonshire while promoting community engagement in all aspects of tree planting and management, one of the key visions of our Tree Strategy and Action Plan 2020-2030 which drives the Arboricultural Service. View the strategy.