Surrey County Council remains on target in its work with communities, residents and partners to facilitate the planting of 1.2 million trees in Surrey, one for every resident, by 2030 and supports the Council’s aim to be carbon neutral by 2050.
Since the launch of the initiative in 2019, over 333,749 trees have been planted, with 91,240 planted during the most recent tree planting season which ran from November to March. The trees planted this year contribute towards the Queen’s Green Canopy, marking Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.
The County Council and Forestry Commission formed an alliance at a recent Tree Summit which encouraged farmers, landowners and land managers to come together and find out how they can help tackle the impacts of climate change, improve biodiversity and support Surrey’s greener future through planting trees. More than half of those who attended pledged to take the next steps to tree planting and woodland creation on their land in Surrey.
Marisa Heath, Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for the Environment comments: “The County Council’s ambition to plant 1.2 million new trees is not something we can deliver alone. The inaugural Tree Summit has been a fantastic opportunity to reach out to landowners and managers across Surrey who are central to achieving this ambition”.
Lord Deben, Chairman of the Climate Change Committee (CCC), spoke at the Surrey Tree Summit: “Planting trees is absolutely crucial, not only to our quality of life but also in the battle against climate change. Trees and woodlands are part of the solution and today at Surrey’s Tree Summit we are celebrating this. As stewards of this earth, we need to make a better world by what we do, being positive and working together to build a cleaner, greener future. I urge all landowners to come together, take advantage of the advice and funding available and support woodland creation”.
Luke Everitt, Woodland Creation lead for the Forestry Commission South East and London team comments; “It was great to welcome so many local farmers and landowners to the Surrey Tree Summit. There is lots of support on offer for those considering woodland creation. This includes up to £10,000/ha of grant funding plus specialist advice about where to plant and which species to grow”.
Other initiatives to promote tree planting and woodland creation across the county include a giveaway of 550 trees to residents at Godalming, Banstead and Bookham libraries, and many community tree planting events.
We have been working with partners including schools, district and borough and parish councils to plant trees across the county.