Get planting! Council tree scheme is a growing success

Planning and Environment
15:00, Thursday, 30th December 2021

The winter planting season has begun which means it is the perfect time to plant trees.

Council staff and volunteers are out in force this month working towards hitting North Lincolnshire Council’s target of planting 172,000 trees – one for every member of the population.

Thousands of trees will be planted over the coming months, boosting our tree counter which already stands at almost 70,000.

This figure has been achieved in just over a year, with the help of the council along with community groups, local businesses, volunteers, charities and local councils across the region.

Recent plantings include:

  • 70 trees at Althorpe playing field and cemetery and 180 on Ropery Field in Keadby, in a project planned by Keadby with Althorpe Parish Council and carried out in partnership with The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) and SSE staff from Keadby Power Station.
  • Nine trees planted by Luddington and Haldenby Parish Council on land on Meredyke Road just outside Luddington.
  • 250 trees at Newdown Kennels in Bottesford, after the owner contacted the council for support in fulfilling their tree-planting ambitions. The trees will provide a buffer against the nearby M180.
  • 200 trees planted by the council at Grange Lane North in Scunthorpe along with more than 1,000 replacement trees at Hardy Road in Scunthorpe, with volunteers from groups including TCV, Scunthorpe Pentagon Rotary and Anglian Water.

Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said: “We set ourselves an ambitious project of 172,000 trees and we are more than a third of the way there after just more than a year after Scunthorpe MP Holly-Mumby croft planted the first one on Queensway in Scunthorpe – I am confident we will surpass this target but we do need everybody to help.

“This is part of our ongoing commitment to making the environment of North Lincolnshire better for people today and for the generations to come – this will have a lasting impact and every single tree counts.”

Cllr David Rose, cabinet member for the environment, said: “By planting trees, we can reduce the risk of flooding, offset our carbon footprint and see our habitats thrive.

“I would encourage everyone to get involved with this initiative, be it planting a single tree in your back garden or getting together with your local community to create a mini-woodland.”

Anyone who plants a tree is asked to fill in the tree-planting form on our website in order for it to be included in our tree totaliser.

If you want to suggest land that could be used for tree planting, or are a landowner interested in planting trees, please contact Andrew Taylor at andrew.taylor@northlincs.gov.uk.