November is the month when Broxtowe Borough Council start to plant trees at various sites across the Borough. It is also the start of National Tree Week, which this year runs from Saturday 27 November until Sunday 5 December. It is run by the Tree Council and is the UK’s largest annual tree celebration.
This year following a successful bid to the Urban Tree Fund we have secured £23,500 for the planting of 56 Extra Heavy Standard trees. The allocation includes funding to water and maintain the trees for 3 years.
The fund is designed to increase urban tree cover, helping mitigate climate change and increase biodiversity. The assessment of the bids was weighted based on fixed scoring criteria. The sites chosen took this into account:
- Priority places (locations that have lower tree canopy cover)
- Proximity of healthcare establishments (close to a GP surgery)
- Proximity of educational establishment (close to a School)
The successful sites are:
Cator Lane Recreation Ground, Chilwell – 10 trees
Manor Farm Recreation Ground, Toton – 14 trees
Pasture Road Recreation Ground, Stapleford – 10 trees
Sherman Drive Open Space, Toton – 10 trees
Pit Lane Recreation Ground, Trowell – 12 trees
The picture shows a small copse area planted 2 years ago at Queen Elizabeth Park, Stapleford which is already starting to develop and enhance the park visually and promote biodiversity habitat. I was involved in helping to plant the trees in this area alongside local youngsters.