Councils' climate change fight branches out thanks to tree planting project

Released: Monday, 22 November 2021

Nearly 150 trees are set to be planted across Adur and Worthing after the Councils secured £18,000 funding from The Tree Council.

Adur & Worthing Councils obtained the windfall as part of their commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and will now plant 148 trees at three sites:

  • Longcroft Park, in Durrington, Worthing
  • Buckingham Park, Shoreham
  • and Malthouse Park, Sompting

The Councils' expert teams will work a network of active community groups to plant the saplings in the coming months as part of the SustainableAW programme, which outlines the Councils' commitment to tackling climate change and protecting our natural environment.

The new trees will join more than 18,000 the Councils are responsible for, which includes landmarks such as the Ilex Way in Goring, the spooky Midsummer Tree in Broadwater and 200-year-old sweet chestnuts in Buckingham Park.

To highlight this work, promote community involvement and educate residents on how to look after those in their local area, a short social media campaign will run on Councils channels in the coming weeks.

Those who want to know more about identifying trees will also be able to attend a special workshop with the Councils' arboriculturists at Worthing's Highdown Gardens at 10:30am on Thursday (25th November 2021). Tickets are £4.

Cllr Emma Evans, Adur District Council's Executive Member for the Environment, said:

“Trees act as a filter and absorb pollutants from the air, as well as produce much-needed shade and reduce noise. Trees absorb carbon dioxide, which help reduce the rate of global warming and are host to wildlife, so to receive funding to plant around 150 in the area is fantastic news.

"This project is important to increase our tree canopy, offset our carbon footprint and also give our communities a long lasting sustainable legacy. Each park has an active 'Friends of Group', which our park rangers look after and work with to improve their local green space."

Cllr Edward Crouch, Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for Digital and Environmental Services, added:

“It is just another step the Councils are taking as we remain committed to reducing our carbon footprint. This is just one of many initiatives we are planning to raise awareness of importance of planting and maintaining trees in our area.

“Worthing is home to thousands of trees and one of the Councils many roles is to ensure that these natural species continue to thrive for generations to come. We know our residents care about tree-planting and I am delighted to see these plans coming forward."

Longcroft Park is bordered by ancient woodlands known as Whitebeam Woods and recently had a community apple orchard planted. There are also plans to set up a forest school and run workshops. The plan is to plant 20 Euonymus, as well as an additional 20 hazel.

Buckingham Park is home to Sweet Chestnut specimens that are as old as 300 years. The project is to recreate a woodland and plant more sweet chestnut trees over the next five years.

The plan at Malthouse Meadow is to convert the area into a forest garden using fruit trees. Each site has been identified for their specific purpose to suit the environment and the community. Each tree will be planted by hand in a hole that allows a 15cm gap around the rootball and will be supported by two stakes, rubber strapping and protected by a weld mesh cage.

Funding is provided by The Tree Council, which was established in 1973, is a charity that aims to bring governments, communities and individuals together to care for trees and improve the planet's future environment at both national and local level. See:

Other tree planting projects by the Councils are also being undertaken in Lancing and Sompting.

Photo: Tree at the top of Cissbury Ring, Worthing

PR21-166 - Tree at the top of Cissbury Ring, Worthing

Photo: Sun shining through trees at Lancing Manor Park

PR21-166 - Sun shining through trees at Lancing Manor Park

Photo: Bee on a Judas Tree at Worthing Crematorium

PR21-166 - Bee on a Judas Tree at Worthing Crematorium

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