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Vow is made to plant more trees and Grantham and district




Trees have been planted by South Kesteven District Council on its land as part of the Woodland Trust’s ‘Big Climate Fightback’ campaign.

Eleven trees have been planted across the district – one in the Grantham area – as part of the Grantham-based woodland conservation charity’s campaign, but SKDC says more will follow as it has signed up to the trust’s Tree Charter.

The trust has praised SKDC for being part of the campaign, which saw a tree planted in Kelham Road in Great Gonerby.

Lead External Affairs Officer at the Woodland Trust Oliver Newham, SKDC Leader Coun Kelham Cooke, Coun Ian Stokes, Director of Operations at the Woodland Trust Helga Edwards. (23456743)
Lead External Affairs Officer at the Woodland Trust Oliver Newham, SKDC Leader Coun Kelham Cooke, Coun Ian Stokes, Director of Operations at the Woodland Trust Helga Edwards. (23456743)

Trees were planted by council leader Councillor Kelham Cooke and cabinet member for commercial and operations Coun Peter Moseley.

Coun Cooke was joined at Great Gonerby by the Woodland Trust’s lead external affairs officer Oliver Newham and director of operations Helga Edwards.

Coun Cooke said: “We are delighted to have supported the Woodland Trust’s tree planting project as part of its Big Climate Fightback and will continue to do so.

“Tree planting alone will not solve the climate challenges we are facing but it is one of the ways everyone in the district can play their part.

“SKDC recognises the positive contribution trees make to quality of life across both its urban and rural communities. A healthy tree population brings many benefits, from providing wonderful wildlife habitats to making important contributions to our general well-being.”

As part of its wider commitment to being a green council, SKDC has declared a climate emergency with cross-party support. It is recruiting a climate change officer to help meet its ambition to be net-zero carbon as soon as viable before 2050 and reduce its carbon footprint by at least 30 per cent before 2030.

Oliver Newham, of the Woodland Trust, added: “Local authorities are the voice of their communities so we are delighted to have worked with SKDC as part of the Big Climate Fightback.

“It shows other councils how we would be able to work with them and hopefully the example we set here will be taken up by others.”

The council is responsible for around 6,000 trees or tree groups on open spaces that it owns.

SKDC has also worked closely with the Woodland Trust to draw up a local government version of the charity’s Tree Charter that takes into account the need for councils to balance a positive commitment to trees with legal obligations such as public safety, access and availability, grounds maintenance, public amenity and development and growth.


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