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First trees planted in 'Forest for Cornwall'

First trees planted in 'Forest for Cornwall'

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 12:50pm 17th December 2019.

The first trees are being planted as part of the 8,000-hectare Forest for Cornwall.

The idea, to cover land across Cornwall with woodland, forest and other canopy cover, is part of Cornwall Council's plan to help tackle climate change.

The first 105 trees of the programme will be planted at Tincombe, a Council-owned community open space at Oaklands Drive, Saltash.

The celebratory planting marks the start of the ambitious Forest for Cornwall which officials say will significantly increase the number of trees across woods, parks, farmland, towns, villages and gardens over a decade and form a key part of Cornwall Council's plans to help Cornwall become carbon neutral by 2030.

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Once completed, the programme aims to extend canopy cover over an additional 2% of Cornwall's total land area and capture 1% of Cornwall's current greenhouse gas emissions, working alongside other natural climate solutions to draw carbon from the atmosphere.

The Forest for Cornwall is Cornwall Council's first, large-scale project to get under way as part of its Carbon Neutral Cornwall programme which was approved by Cabinet in July in response to the climate emergency.

Other key schemes are a Government-supported whole-house retrofit pilot to fit energy efficiency improvements to Cornwall Council homes; a new, climate change planning document to promote renewable energy including a commitment to power all new homes with alternative sources to gas; and a new decision-making framework to prioritise environmental and social benefits in all Council policies.

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"I want to thank all the volunteers of Saltash for joining forces with us to help plant the first site of the Forest for Cornwall and for sharing this historic moment in Cornwall's fight to tackle climate change.

"Over the next decade we want to transform the landscapes of our countryside, towns and villages with a mosaic of woodland, forests, copses, orchards, hedgerows and street trees which will not only absorb carbon but enhance our residents' living and community spaces and improve air quality.

"While we are acting faster than the Government and other local authorities in putting our plans to tackle climate change into action, we now need all our residents' help in driving this vital project forward.

"We want to put the right tree in the right place and as a facilitator we will be matching residents, businesses, community groups and charities to trees, land, funds and volunteers who want to get involved in planting so we can create a 'tree match-making service' to harness everyone's goodwill in contributing to the Forest for Cornwall."

Edwinna Hannford, Cornwall Council

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The 105 saplings to be planted at Saltash will be a mixture of native trees donated by the Woodland Trust and non-native species supplied by Cornwall Council to ensure diversity and resilience to threats such as climate change and disease.

The first phase of the Forest for Cornwall from 2019 to 2021 will be core funded and coordinated by Cornwall Council and it will be delivered through partnerships and private sector projects.

It will involve partners such as the Local Nature Partnership, landowners, forestry sector, town and parish councils, environmental charities, the NHS, private utilities, local businesses, government bodies, schools, communities and individuals.

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"The Woodland Trust is very excited to be working with Cornwall Council on this pioneering project and contributing some native broadleaf trees for the Forest for Cornwall.  These trees come on the back of the Trust's mass planting campaign, the Big Climate Fightback, which saw hundreds of thousands of people plant trees across the UK to fight climate change and provide real benefits for people and wildlife.

"With the Committee for Climate Change report showing that the Government needs to triple the amount tree planting across the UK, the Forest for Cornwall shows real commitment to tackling this issue head on.  The Woodland Trust is looking forward to working with the people of Cornwall to provide free trees to schools and communities and advice and support to landowners to get trees in the ground."

Ross Kennerley, Woodland Trust South West Regional Director

The Council is calling on community groups, landowners, town and parish councils, environmental charities, schools and individuals to get involved in the Forest for Cornwall and help fight climate change.

You can find more information on the Forest for Cornwall here.

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