VideoTree planting initiatives take root

Photo of school children planting a tree at County Hall

Posted on: 5 December 2019

Two free tree planting initiatives have been launched by Devon County Council.

The County Council has teamed up with the Woodland Trust and the Devon Ash Dieback Resilience Forum to encourage communities and landowners to plant more trees.

Ten trees were planted in the grounds of County Hall last week by pupils from St Leonard’s Primary School and members of the Devon Youth Parliament as the Council marked National Tree Week and joined the Woodland Trust’s Big Climate Fightback.

It was also an opportunity to launch the new schemes. Devon County Council, in association with the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity the Woodland Trust, is offering a limited number of packs of 45 sapling trees to give away to landowners who may be interested in establishing a small copse or planting-up a field corner. The packs contain a mix of native oak, rowan and birch – 15 of each. Spiral guards and canes are provided to protect against damage and planting instructions are also included.

Stocks are limited this winter, so those interested should apply early. However, future extension of the scheme should ensure opportunity for all to participate.

Applications need to be made online via the Devon Ash Dieback website by Monday 6 January 2020 and applicants will be notified if they have been successful before the end of January. Planting must be carried out by Easter 2020.

A limited offer is also being made to Town and Parish Councils that may be interested in a commemorative planting of ‘landmark trees’ in prominent and accessible locations. This is to encourage community awareness of the vital role of tree planting in tackling environmental threats, particularly climate change, but also the huge loss of native ash trees through ash dieback.

Devon County Council, in association with Perrie Hale Nursery near Honiton, is offering a maximum of two trees per parish or town council. Communities can register their interest by emailing nature@devon.gov.uk stating name, parish/town council, contact details and- if you already know– a description of where you’d like to plant the tree.

Peter Chamberlain, Devon County Council’s Environment Manager, said: “It’s vital for us to massively increase the amount of new tree planting across Devon to counter the huge environmental challenges that we face. These modest schemes are being launched this winter to test possible ways of supporting such planting. But we’ll developing bigger and better approaches in future years linked to the Devon Climate Emergency and in association with the Devon Ash Dieback Resilience Forum.

“Devon County Council is committed to the Devon Ash Dieback 3/2/1 replacement principle and we’re keen for other organisations to sign up as well. Even those who don’t have any diseased trees to manage can contribute to Devon’s efforts to compensate for the effects of losing so many trees to Ash dieback.”

These initiatives form part of the Devon Ash Dieback Resilience Forum’s ‘Devon Ash Dieback 3/2/1 Replacement Principle’, which promotes the replanting of three trees for each mature specimen which is lost to the disease; two for semi-mature trees; and the replacement of one new tree for each young ash which is removed.

Devon Wildlife Trust, on behalf of the Devon Ash Dieback Resilience Forum, has developed plans for a £2.4 million project called ‘Saving Devon’s Treescapes. It is hoped that lottery funding might enable this to support the planting of 250,000 new trees in the county, outside of woodland areas.

For more information is available on the Devon Ash Dieback Resilience Forum website.

12 comments on “Tree planting initiatives take root

  1. Sheila Robinson says:

    Contact the Woodland Trust on where to get trees
    Also trees make trees look under exiting trees for your free seedlings and seeds (such as pine cones)

  2. Sandra Reynolds says:

    I live near holsworthy and have a 9acre smallholding
    I would love some trees
    How do I apply for them

    • Sheila Robinson says:

      Would you like some Christmas trees
      If you put out on social media for anyone who bought a trees with roots in a pot to let you have them when they are done
      Trees are easier to fined that plants or shrubbs

  3. David Henfrey says:

    I tried to suggest planting trees in my village and was suggesting people buy and donate trees, only to be told we had to pay £500 bind for DCC to maintain them in the future.
    No trees equals no future seeks simple to me.

  4. I Scholefield says:

    Typical; Whilst one department at County Hall is claiming it’s Green Credentials by encouraging children at St Leonards Primary School to plant trees another arm of our council is pushing ahead with plans to drive a totally unnecessary road through an area of public open space destroying trees planted by children in years gone by and putting the new generation at risk with a road through their fields in Cullompton.

    • Ria says:

      I was just coming on this to say that exact thing, I don’t think the road will even make much difference to the town, it’s just moving the traffic further along and it’s only rush hour that’s a problem but that happens everywhere , all the wildlife this road will affect and people who use it for a nice quiet walk

  5. Kevin Buckland says:

    Hi, we have 4 acres near Kingsbridge and would love to receive some trees to plant on site.
    Kevin Buckland

  6. Barry Jenkins says:

    Would it not be a good idea if DCC compulsary purchased land not required by farmers and planted saplings. Winkleigh has a great space up for sake at present called Great Well Park. We also have a disused airfield just right for a Solar Farm.

  7. David Rogers says:

    All the above is admirable. It would be even more so if the Woodland Trust took full responsibility for ash dieback in their own woodlands. They are aware of several mature ash trees in a former quarry in Tavistock which they own, which a surveyor they commissioned reported should be felled before Christmas and before they become too dangerous for tree surgeons to climb. Yet nothing has been done! The longer this situation is left, the more likely it is that branches or whole limbs will fall into the gardens of adjacent property owners, potentially causing significant damage.

  8. Martin Paine says:

    We all benefit from more tree cover in ways we haven’t even realised. Now’s the time to get stuck in, there’s a groundswell of opinion gathering pace that it’s vital for our well-being that we grab the public mood that it’s only just in time to do what we can to help ourselves. Those of us who own land owe the most, and those who don’t can all do something special too via various schemes; we all have a duty to help ourselves and others. After all “From little acorns do great oak trees grow”. I’m old, but I look back at a row of trees I planted back in the 1970’s (remember that old slogan: “Plant a Tree in Seventy Three”?) and think how small and insignificant those weedy little saplings looked then and just look at them now. It hardly seemed worth the effort to do a little something, but I’m so glad I did a little something. A tree or three planted now could be still growing in a couple of hundred years’ time. I’m still planting trees, and so are my children.

  9. David Lewis says:

    Why trees if you are still building more houses. It’s a pointless exercise unless you stop adding to the emissions problem.
    Stop the cause and thereby stop wasting time and money

    • Steve Kirby says:

      Yes, but why are so many of these new houses still being built WITHOUT SOLAR PANELS on their roofs? It seems like A NO BRAINER as each home could be producing its own energy from day one!

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