Mass tree planting in North Walsham

More than 1,000 trees have been planted on the edge of North Walsham as part of North Norfolk District Council’s (NNDC) ambition to plant a tree for every resident in the district.

The Felbeck Trust,a charity which helps to restore and improve the Norfolk countryside for the benefit of wildlife, local communities and visitors, organised the volunteering event at Sadler’s Wood.

More than 30 volunteers – from the Trust, the local community and Easton and Otley College – planted 1,200 trees in the wood under the direction of NNDC’s countryside rangers team.

The deciduous species chosen were locally-sourced and grown and included hazel, beech and oak. They will help to improve biodiversity and be better for the local wildlife, replacing the majority of conifers planted there up to a century ago.

The planting was the first large-scale response to NNDC’s appeal to the community to help it plant 110,000 trees over the next four years – one for every person in North Norfolk.

Councillor Nigel Lloyd, environment portfolio holder at NNDC, thanked those who had taken part.

“These are in addition to a further 10,000 trees being planted this planting season at our country parks,” he added.
“We are looking forward to working with other local community groups, schools, businesses and individuals to run more events across North Norfolk in the coming months. Whether it is one tree planted, or another 1,200, each one counts towards our ambitious goal and we welcome all support and ideas.”

NNDC is partnering with the Woodland Trust as its main supplier of trees as it bids to become a carbon-neutral council by 2030.

For more information and details of how to get involved, visit: www.north-norfolk.gov.uk/trees

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