SOUTH Ribble Borough Council has launched an ambitious tree-planting campaign, confirming it as one of the leading North West authorities when it comes to environmental aspirations.
The initiative – titled ‘Our Big Tree Plant’ – sets out to plant more than 110,000 trees in South Ribble, Lancashire. This represents one new tree for every resident currently living in the borough, with the latest population estimate 110,527 people in South Ribble.
The tree planting programme started in December 2019 and will take place over the next three years.
The motivation behind Our Big Tree Plant is to help improve the air quality in South Ribble and contribute towards the council’s commitment to be a carbon-neutral borough by 2030.
Pupils from Woodlea Junior School, Leyland, were on hand to help unveil the barometer to help keep count of the number of trees planted in South Ribble as part of Our Big Tree Plant.
To kick-start the project, South Ribble Borough Council held a tree give-away event in November 2019 where over 3,000 trees and hedging whips were given to residents free of charge to plant in their gardens.
Planting around the borough is also off to a good start with trees planted in locations including:
- Balcarres Green, Leyland
- John Horrocks Way, Penwortham
- Withy Grove Park, Bamber Bridge
- Longton Brickcroft Nature Reserve, Longton
The total number of trees planted at these sites, and several smaller sites too, now stands at 30,000.
Councillor Susan Jones, Cabinet Member for Environment at South Ribble Borough Council said: “Back in May, we promised to plant a tree for every resident in the borough – it seemed a little ambitious, but eight months in we are very proud of the efforts of everyone in the community. Plans have been drawn up for suitable sites and planting is progressing well. We encourage residents, businesses and schools to join in Our Big Tree Plant by planting trees at their homes or premises and adding them to the South Ribble planting total.”
Mr Payne, Curriculum Leader at Woodlea Junior School in Leyland, said: “We are very happy to be included in launching the Our Big Tree Plant barometer today. As a school we take the environment and tackling climate change very seriously. We have an Eco Council in school and have planted 50 trees so far and hope to plant a wild flower meadow next.”
The Council would love to hear from anyone in South Ribble who is planting trees and the progress as they grow. Keep them informed through their social media channels on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #OurBigTreePlant or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with Our Big Tree Plant in the subject line.
For more information on Our Big Tree Plant, go to www.southribble.gov.uk/obtp.
Photo: (l-r) Back row: Councillor Paul Foster, Leader of South Ribble Borough Council; Jennifer Mullin, Director of Neighbourhoods and Development; Andrew Richardson, Assistant Director of Neighbourhoods; Councillor Bill Evans, Cabinet Member for Planning, Regeneration and City Deal at South Ribble Borough Council; Councillor Aniela Bylinski Gelder, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement, Social Justice and Wealth Building at South Ribble Borough Council; Councillor Mick Titherington, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing and Leisure at South Ribble Borough Council. Front row: Pupils from Woodlea Junior School – all members of the school’s Eco Council.