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Posted On: 27-02-2024
Posted In: Community

Mid Devon District Council will be planting further trees across the district after a successful bid to the Urban Tree Challenge Fund.

The council submitted a joint application in partnership with Trees for Cities, a charitable organisation dedicated to enhancing urban green spaces.

The Urban Tree Challenge Fund is an initiative aimed to increase access to nature in urban areas. The fund focuses on planting heavy standard trees*, particularly in areas with low canopy cover near healthcare and educational facilities.

Mid Devon District Council, has been awarded almost £25,000 to plant a total of 66 trees over a two-year period, with an additional three years of aftercare support.

Tim Jarratt, Arboricultural Officer said:

‘I am grateful to our property services team for securing this funding’
Trees can have a positive impact on communities and by planting these trees the Council is promoting a greener, healthier environment for everyone and a commitment to aftercare ensures that these trees will thrive and provide numerous benefits to the local residents as they mature."

The project began in 2023 and has already seen the successful planting of trees in various locations, including People's Park and Oak Close Greenspace in Tiverton, Spicer Road, Cross Park, and Swallow Way in Cullompton, Victoria Close play area in Willand, and Beacon Park in Crediton.

The planting initiative has been a joint effort, between the Council’s street scene team, property services and a dedicated contractor. The street scene team will continue to provide aftercare to ensure the long-term health and vitality of the newly planted trees.

Image - A member of staff puts the finishing touches on a newly planted tree at People's Park, Tiverton.

Heavy standard trees are 12-14cm in girth and 3-3.5m tall - these include a mix of English Oak, Common Walnut, Field Maple, Small-leaved Lime, Crab Apple, Rowen, and more.