• Motion for tree planting project on Devon County Council land unanimously backed

    21st February 2014 | News | Claire
  • I spoke briefly to say that tree planting can have huge flood prevention benefits, as well as all the other issues. Water sinks into the soil under trees 67 times the rate at which it sinks into soil under grass.

    We are lagging a long way behind Europe on our tree planting, with less than 10 per cent of wooded areas, compared with around 44 per cent in Europe.

    With the recent weather, our already struggling trees, which are battling development and unprecedented disease, have been under huge pressure from the storms.

    I am the Woodland Trust’s tree champion for Devon and the Woodland Trust runs tree planting help schemes.

    My thanks to councillors for the support and I look forward to working with portfolio holder, Roger Croad, on finding suitable areas to plant native species to help tree populations to recover, and hopefully with it, our poor suffering wildlife, which is also struggling with climate change and loss of habitat.