Surrey County Council is asking residents who are choosing a real Christmas tree to donate £3 to plant a new tree in Surrey. Every year, thousands of residents decorate real Christmas trees as an essential and much-loved tradition during the festive season. To support the environment, donating £3 when a Christmas tree is purchased, can help plant new trees locally.
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.
Residents who are having a real Christmas tree are being encouraged to buy a potted one which can be replanted after its use.
Marisa Heath, Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Environment said:
“We understand everyone has their own traditions, but trees play an important role in combatting climate change and enhancing natural habitats. We’d really like to encourage residents to donate to plant a tree this Christmas if they can.”
Surrey Wildlife Trust’s Director of Engagement Aimee Clake said:
“Helping nature feels good and makes life better for everyone. And with the natural world under unprecedented pressure, we all have a good reason to do our bit for our local environment this Christmas. Planting trees and hedgerows is a real investment in a better future, and we’re proud to be working with Surrey County Council to give wildlife a home, reduce pollution, and make Surrey more resilient to drought and flooding.”
The County Council and Surrey Wildlife Trust are working with retailers including Squire’s Garden Centre and Hans Christmas Andersen (Newlands Corner) to promote this campaign and raise money to plant new trees.
To donate visit www.surreywildlifetrust.org/surreytrees
This year, the start of the festive season coincides with National Tree Week, which runs from 26 November to 4 December. To support National Tree Week, Surrey County Council has given away 1,000 free trees to residents and has a target to plant 57,500 more trees in the county.