The Council’s tree nursery at the Horton Heath development is in full swing. Hundreds of young trees are now growing at the site, as well as dozens of more established trees, soon ready to be planted out into the community. There are also two large polytunnels full with pots of seedlings.
The trees growing at the nursery will go some way to achieving our target of having 160,000 more trees in the Borough by the year 2030.
Councillor Rupert Kyrle, Cabinet Member for the Environment, who recently visited the site, said: “Part of our strategy to reduce carbon in our atmosphere is to plant more trees in the Borough. The trees grown in this nursery will also provide habitats for wildlife, clean air, natural scenery, and mental health benefits for residents.
“We eventually want to get the community involved in planting out the trees and will engage with schools, community groups and local businesses, so everyone can be involved in creating a green legacy for generations to come.”
Adele Mellor, a Horticulture Apprentice with the Council, has been working at the site. She said: “I am very conscious of the environment, and I want try to do something to help in any way I can. As far as I’m concerned every tree and every seed is a step in the right direction.”