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Let's plant 1,000 trees in 1,000 days

18 September 2019


The Leader of Gosport Borough Council has called for 1,000 trees to be planted in 1,000 days – to help tackle climate change and make local neighbourhoods greener.


Cllr Mark Hook said local people, especially youth and community groups, could take action to plant trees with the support of the council.


Residents could sponsor trees on a council site, like the Alver Valley country park. Or they could take advantage of charity schemes offering free or subsidised trees, such as the one run by the Woodland Trust.


Cllr Hook made the call as the council's Community Board approved two big tree-planting schemes – at Cherque Way, Lee-on-the-Solent, and Grange Lane, Gosport.


At Cherque Way, 31 small-leaved lime trees and 12 common white birch trees will be planted by the council. They will partly act as a screen and sound barrier between Cherque Way and the car park and play area at Alver Valley Country Park. They will also provide shade in the summer and make the area more attractive.


At Grange Lane, 44 elms will be planted by the council along with more than 1,300 small beech saplings, on the boundary between an area of open space and Grange Junior School. The saplings will grow into a hedge parallel with the elms, creating a 'corridor' for wildlife.


Cllr Hook said: "Trees are beautiful and a vital part of our landscape, and these days we're also increasingly aware of their importance to wildlife and in helping to fight climate change.


"Tree-planting schemes like the ones at Cherque Way and Grange Lane are examples of what the council is doing, but I want to encourage residents to get involved too.


"We've lost many trees to disease or decay over the years. Residents might want to replace lost trees or make their area greener. Or they might want to help plant trees at a park or wildlife area."


The council's Community Board also agreed to make the council's current approach to trees into an official policy.


The policy aims to ensure the safety of trees on council land, maintain and encourage biodiversity, and maintain and improve the landscape.


The council is responsible for more than 30,000 trees in its parks, open spaces, recreation grounds, allotment sites, cemeteries, car parks and housing areas.


Queries about sponsoring a tree or planting on public land should go to the council's Streetscene team on 08000 198598 or streetscene@gosport.gov.uk