As Surrey residents have started putting up Christmas trees ready for the festive season, they’re being encouraged to donate £3 to support the Surrey’s Trees for Christmas appeal.
Christmas trees are a much-loved part of the festive season, so it’s a perfect time to give something back to the environment and support the planting of new trees across Surrey.
Surrey County Council is working with Surrey Wildlife Trust for the appeal, which supports the planting of 1.2 million new trees in the county by 2030 – one for every resident. Trees visually enhance the environment, provide habitats for wildlife and absorb some of the carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, making them a natural way to help tackle climate change.
Squire’s Garden Centres will be promoting the appeal to customers at their 11 Surrey branches, as well as Hans Christmas Andersen at Santa Fir Christmas Tree farm in Shamley Green, and at Newlands Corner.
To donate visit www.surreywildlifetrust.org/surreytrees
Meanwhile, children at Byfleet Primary School near Woking have been planting five six-foot tall trees to improve air quality, tackle climate change and provide sound screening from the adjacent M25 motorway.
The trees were planted on Friday (29 November) to help mark National Tree Week. The pupils were helped by Mayor of Woking Beryl Hunwicks and headteacher Pauline Crowley. The planting was supported by Surrey County Council and Woking Borough Council.
Mrs Crowley said: “When we heard about Surrey County Council’s plan to plant 1.2 million trees in Surrey we were keen to be involved. Planting trees along the school’s boundary is the most natural way to screen our school from the M25 as they will reduce noise and air pollution for our children for years to come.”
Cllr Hunwicks said: “This is a great opportunity to come together at Byfleet Primary School for National Tree Week, which marks the start of the winter tree planting season, to learn about the importance of trees and the positive difference they make to, not only our local area, but globally as well. As a borough, we have long worked to tackle climate change and I’m very proud that these trees planted today will stand tall for generations to come.”