Broadland: Cash boost for Broadland’s green future

Silver birches at Broadland Country Park

Grants of up to £500 are available to Town and Parish Councils, community groups and registered charities to plant trees within Broadland.

The new Community Tree Planting initiative by Broadland District Council will help to improve public outdoor spaces for people and nature and forms part of their overall aim to plant one tree for every resident, as set out in their environmental strategy.

Broadland District Councillor Judy Leggett, portfolio holder for Environmental Excellence said:

“There are huge benefits to planting trees, including absorbing carbon dioxide and reducing air pollution, increasing biodiversity and improving soil quality.

“These additional trees will also help to create and improve community spaces and encourage greater wellbeing for our residents.”

The funding can also be used to plant a tree or trees to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 and form part of The Queen’s Green Canopy. This is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Jubilee which invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee” and help to create a legacy in honour of the Queen’s leadership of the Nation, which will benefit future generations.

Grant funding is available to town and parish councils, registered charities and other constituted community groups.

The maximum grant per project is £500 and is for this tree planting season (November 2021 to March 2022). The Council is asking for applications for costed projects including a planting plan (a map of where the trees will go), details of chosen species and an aftercare plan.

Councillor Leggett added:

“Broadland is leading the way when it comes to the environment, we have the highest recycling rate in the county, our food waste scheme is diverting rubbish and creating energy used in homes and we will soon be running all our refuse vehicles on Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil fuel, cutting our carbon emission by 90%. By working with our community on this latest tree planting scheme, we hope to protect and enhance our environment for many years to come.”

The Council is keen to hear from all interested groups that would like to plant trees in Broadland. To find out more please visit Broadland District Council’s website, where there is more information and an application form. If you need further help, or have any queries, please call 01603 430105

Published: 7 December 2021