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First of 1.2 million new Surrey trees to be planted on Saturday

Surrey County Council has committed to facilitate the planting of 1.2 million trees – one for every Surrey resident – by 2030. This Saturday (5 October), the first will be planted at the Surrey Hills Wood Fair in Cranleigh. The tree will be planted by Tony Samuels, Chairman of SCC, and Tim Oliver, Leader of SCC.

The tree has been donated by Mary Foryszewski, the Mayor of Waverley. The county council, in partnership with Tilhill Forestry, will also be giving families who attend the wood fair a free tree to plant when they get home.

Mike Goodman, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste, explains how this will help to tackle climate change. By the time it reaches 40 years of age a tree will have absorbed one ton of CO2.

Surrey County Council declared a Climate Change Emergency in July 2019 and committed to reach zero carbon by 2050 at the latest. This target will be achieved by SCC, boroughs and districts with support from partners and stakeholders.

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