Council and college to support tree-planting plan

Monday, 10 October, 2022

East Hampshire District Council and Eastleigh College have struck up a partnership to support a tree-planting campaign that will reduce carbon and increase biodiversity in the county.

East Hampshire District Council (EHDC) has pledged to see 120,000 new trees planted, one for every resident in its district.

Now Eastleigh College has agreed to support the scheme with a £5 donation for every student that completes its new environmental sustainability course and a £30 donation for every EHDC officer that does so.

The 8-12 week course will train learners in important techniques to reduce environmental impact, looking at waste management, sustainable development and transport among other areas.

Nicky Tramaseur, Director of Brand, Engagement and Learner Recruitment at Eastleigh College, said: “Pursuing a sustainable future is of paramount importance to us at Eastleigh College and we are delighted to support this tree planting scheme by East Hampshire District Council. It will no doubt have a strong impact on biodiversity in the local community.”

Cllr Robert Mocatta, EHDC’s Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Prosperity, said: “This is a wonderfully innovative partnership between two different organisations which share the same goal.

“EHDC and Eastleigh College both take environmental sustainability very seriously and are both doing whatever they can to improve their own performance and encourage the same in others.

“Planting trees brings a whole range of environmental benefits, from carbon capture to vibrant habitats, and we are hugely grateful to Eastleigh College for supporting this scheme so generously.”

EHDC declared a climate emergency in July 2019 and aims to be carbon neutral by 2050, in line with national targets.

As part of this project the council is working with the Woodland Trust, landowners, parish and town councils, schools and communities to plant 120,000 trees in East Hampshire.

Eastleigh College has introduced a number of environmental measures in the last year, including ten new electric car charging points on site, an enhanced Cycle to Work scheme and over £450,000 of new eco Salix funding.