06 Jan Harlow Council to plant 2,000 new trees and you can help
Harlow Council is inviting families to plant new trees at two events being held this winter as the council closes in on its target of planting 2,000 trees before March 2022.
Community tree planting events are taking place as follows:
Sunday 23 January 2022, the Helipad site opposite Harlow Leisurezone.
Sunday 6 February 2022, old grazing paddock by Passmores House.
For both days there will be two allocated planting slots – 9.30am to 12noon and 12noon to 3pm. Families can register their interest at https://www.harlow.gov.uk/environment-and-animals/plant-tree-harlow
Working alongside families will council staff and local scout groups. If possible those taking part are asked to bring their own spades and mallets. Families will also need to provide their own snacks and drinks and to dress appropriately for very muddy, cold and wet conditions.
The two tree planting events will see 1,450 new trees (850 on Helipad and 600 by Passmores House) planted adding to the 450 trees planted by Cabinet members, staff and residents in East Park and the 10 trees planted on the Helipad, 4 in Sumners Open Space and 1 in Potter Street back in December 2021. A further 4 trees have been planted this week at St. Andrews Meadow by council staff.
Councillor Nicky Purse, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “We are getting on with the job of improving the environment for future generations, building back greener and restoring pride in our local environment and we are inviting families to join us as part of our tree planting boom. Every family that takes part has the opportunity to be part of something special which will improve the environment for all and combat the effects of climate change.
“The legacy that planting new trees will provide to the town is really important to us, so we have improved the way we carry out community tree planting. Every tree planted is funded by a government programme meaning that they will be supported by a much better planting process as well as a three year maintenance programme.”