Stroud District Council has joined forces with Stroud Valleys Project to create a new woodland with more than 1,000 trees this winter.
This initiative is supported by Gloucestershire County Council’s tree fund which has been granted funds for tree planting by the Forestry Commission.
These trees will be planted at Salmon Springs, on a piece of land owned by Stroud District Council. It was formerly grazing land leased to a local farmer, however it became available and sits on the ideal ground to restore to woodland habitat.
The first tree was planted in early November 2021 by Stroud Valleys Project volunteers, who said they wanted to do something positive in reaction to talks at COP26.
One of Stroud District Council’s key priorities is the environment and climate change. This has been demonstrated through the 2030 Strategy and Master Plan, which sets out to help the entire district become more climate friendly, naturally resilient and carbon neutral by the year 2030.
Councillor Chloe Turner, chair of SDC’s Environment Committee, said: “The council and Stroud Valleys Project is planting this area as part of its commitment to making the whole district carbon neutral by 2030.
“The Climate Emergency will be addressed by positive actions, large and small, and I am pleased that this will help capture carbon.”
Georgia Spooner, 2030 Community Action Officer said:
“I would like to thank the wonderful hands-on delivery by Stroud Valleys Project; their volunteers have already started prepping the land for tree planting and will soon start to dig in ponds. It is really exciting to be a part of the 2030 project, as I can already see the difference we are making to the district itself and the people within it.”
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