Residents and businesses are being encouraged to sponsor a tree in one of the Chichester district’s many parks and gardens, as part of a council scheme that aims to help tackle climate change and protect the local environment.
This week, councillors Penny Plant and Sarah Sharp, who are members of the council’s environment panel, planted a new tree at Whyke recreation ground to help raise awareness of the scheme.
“Trees are a precious natural asset and, as a natural carbon sink, are a vital part of the fight against climate change,” said Cllr Plant, cabinet member for environment and Chichester contract services.
“This scheme gives people the opportunity to play their part in the fight against climate change.
“Whether it’s a unique gift or to remember a loved one, planting a tree is great way to leave your mark on the district for future generations.
“Tackling climate change is a key issue and we are currently developing a climate emergency action plan which sets out a carbon reduction target of ten per cent year on year until 2025 within the
Trees have numerous environmental and economic benefits, including:
- One tree absorbs around one tonne of carbon during its lifetime, making it one of the cheapest, most cost- effective means of reducing carbon.
- Trees help us adapt to climate change, through reducing ‘urban heat island’ effect and helping us to mitigate against flooding
- One tree produces enough oxygen each year to support two people
- Trees provide a wonderfully rich habitat for all sorts of wildlife, greatly improving biodiversity
- Trees improve health and wellbeing by purifying contaminated water and removing harmful pollutants from the air
Carbon reduction is already a key focus in many areas of the council’s work. New policies are currently being proposed to set standards for sustainable construction, energy efficiency and water usage in new developments through the local plan review. People can find out more by visiting: chichester.gov.uk/biodiversity or by emailing the council’s Green Spaces team at: firstname.lastname@example.org