The threat from climate change is undeniable with many Local Authorities having declared a ‘Climate Emergency’. The benefits of planting more trees to improve local environments and assist in combating climate change is also known.
However; too few trees are being planted, and often those that are, are either not appropriate species for long term survival against future climate change or are poorly maintained and therefore do not survive long term. This results in a waste of time and resources. To be affective for future generations, tree planting needs to be properly planned with suitable and diverse tree species being selected and with affective aftercare being carried out.
We offer a service to help parish councils, schools and community groups manage their tree stocks on community land such as; village greens, recreation grounds and sports fields. For example; many recreation grounds have only a few trees on them of which many are of a similar age and similar species. There is often significant space to plant additional trees on the boundaries and edges of these areas, diversifying the species mix and adding resilience to tree stocks in a proactive and forward-thinking way for future generations to enjoy!
The survey and planting plan will include:
- A survey of given areas and existing trees, in order to understand the diversity of species present, the age range and general condition* and to identify opportunities for increased planting.
- A report into the current status of trees and a plan of areas to be planted, including a map showing locations of proposed planting sites and species recommendations.
- A list of suitable tree species for your site will be provided (from trees considered most likely to survive predicted climate and disease threats). Species will be chosen for their positive attributes such leaf colour (summer/autumn), flowers, fruit, tree form, importance for wildlife and appropriate size etc, in order to maximise the benefits of wildlife habitat, amenity value and diversity for greater disease resilience.
- Aftercare requirements will be clearly explained (to ensure affective establishment and long-term tree survival).
- Estimated planting costs will be identified (to assist in contract and budget management).
A planting plan will be a commitment to active community action to combat climate change and improve local amenities for future generations to enjoy. In addition, it will provide a working document for quote and contract management and could be the basis to support possible funding and grants application.
The time to plant is here, so let’s get planting!
*Please note this is not a tree safety inspection. If you would like a safety inspection for your trees, we can carry a tree safety inspection in conjunction with the Community Arboretum survey at a small additional cost.