Forest for Cornwall – Official launch
Author: Ben Rowswell
Yesterday saw the official launch of Cornwall Council ‘Forest for Cornwall‘ initiative that will see 10 million trees form 20,000-acres of new forest across the county. Members of the Tevi team participated in the flagship project alongside volunteers councillors and schoolchildren planting the first 105 trees in Saltash. The initiative is part of the council’s climate change action plan, aiming to be carbon neutral by 2030.
The programme aims to extend tree cover over an additional 2% of Cornwall’s total land area and capture 1% of Cornwall’s current greenhouse gas emissions, working alongside other natural climate solutions to draw carbon from the atmosphere. The event included speeches from Cllr Rob Nolan (Cornwall Council), Ross Kennerley (The Woodland Trust) & Gloria Challen (Mayor of Saltash).
The Forest for Cornwall is Cornwall Council’s first, large-scale project to get under way as part of its Carbon Neutral Cornwall programme which was approved by Cabinet in July in response to the climate emergency. Planting the first tree was Edwina Hannaford, portfolio holder for climate change at Cornwall Council.
The council is launching a ‘tree-ometer‘ which will monitor how many new trees are being planted and is encouraging people to post their tree planting efforts on social media. The council will also be encouraging more hedgerows to be planted. Ross Kennerley, south west regional director of the Woodland Trust, said “looking across England and the south west I would say that Cornwall is in the lead” when it comes to planting new trees.
Watch this video summary of the event:
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