East Hampshire District Council has committed to see 120,000 trees planted in our district.
The council made the pledge as part of a motion to declare a climate emergency in July 2019. Our target is to be carbon neutral by 2050, in line with national targets.
Our vision is to work with the Woodland Trust, landowners, parish and town councils, schools and communities to plant a tree for every person in the district.
The tree planting initiative is one element of the plan to address the climate emergency.
Aims and objectives
The tree planting initiative aims to engage residents and businesses to tackle the environmental challenges we are all facing.
Tree planting will help:
- remove carbon out of the atmosphere
- improve biodiversity – increasing the amount and variety of local wildlife
- mitigate ‘heat-islands’ by providing shade
- reduce the risk of flooding
It is steered by a group of councillors, officers and partners - including the South Downs National Park - to plant the right trees in the right place.
Planting 120,000 trees will bring a host of benefits for all ages, from protecting our climate to enhancing the local environment. It will be especially valuable for younger people who will enjoy many educational opportunities from the project.
We are seeking partners to join us on the project, either to plant trees in East Hampshire or help with planting plans.
Sharing success and spreading the messages about tackling climate change is important - so please let us know if you are planting trees we don’t know about.
For more information, please contact our Climate and Environment Officer, Jane Devlin, by email firstname.lastname@example.org.