1st August 2021

Somerset West and Taunton Council scheme supports National Tree Week

Members and volunteers from Staplegrove Parish Council planting their free trees

Parish and town councils across the district are giving their open spaces a boost during National Tree Week thanks to Somerset West and Taunton Council.

The Council offered free trees to parish and town councils as part of its commitment to working towards carbon neutrality and climate resilience by 2030.

In total 223 trees with stakes, ties and guards were delivered by SWT ready for planting out during National Tree Week (28 November – 6 December).

Councils chose from Oak, Beech, Lime and Hawthorn bare root trees. 

Three hundred hedging whips have also been supplied to Wellington School as part of the scheme.

Cllr Peter Pilkington, Executive Member for Climate Change, said: “I am greatly encouraged by the number of  parish and town council’s that have taken advantage of this offer and joined us in making sure our public spaces across the district offer the highest possible environmental standards.

“Planting trees is integral to our long term aim of creating a more sustainable future for everyone, and it’s wonderful to know that so many organisations are taking their environmental responsibility seriously, benefitting people for generations to come.”

More information about National Tree Week can be found at 

https://treecouncil.org.uk/take-action/seasonal-campaigns/national-tree-week/