Hundreds of trees will be planted across Medway in the next two years, thanks to new funding from the Forestry Commission.
We have been awarded £115,000 from the commission’s Local Authority Tree Fund which will be used to plant new trees to replace ones which may have been removed due to disease or damage. The new trees will be planted outside of parks and on appropriate pavements and street verges.
We have also received £125,000 from the Forestry Commission’s Urban Tree Challenge Fund, which it will match, to plant more trees in green spaces and schools.
The announcement comes during National Tree Week, the UK’s largest annual tree celebration.
Tree planting is incredibly important
Ruth Du-Lieu, Assistant Director of Frontline Services at Medway Council, said: “We are delighted that we will soon be planting around 450 trees across Medway. Tree planting is incredibly important for combating climate change as not only do trees capture carbon, they also reduce air temperatures in urban areas, absorb pollutants and support biodiversity. These projects also support our climate change ambitions to achieve net zero carbon across Medway by 2050.”
We are now working with our contractor, Medway Norse, to find suitable locations for the new trees which are due to be planted across Medway from January.