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Council awarded funding to deliver further tree planting

24 March 2022

Richmond Council has received a grant of more than £220,000 from the Urban Tree Challenge Fund towards the planting of 410 new trees in the borough, in line with Richmond’s Climate Emergency Strategy.

The Urban Tree Challenge Fund is a government scheme that provides councils with funding towards the costs of planting new trees and ensuring their establishment during the trees’ first three years of growth. The funding supports the cost of buying and planting new trees as well as the associated costs of protection, weeding and watering during the trees’ important early development.

The funding will support the planting of 410 trees over the next year in areas that have a canopy cover of under 20%, increasing the number of trees in these areas and bringing all the benefits that trees can offer.

A significant number of the trees are being planted in the current tree planting season, with the remaining planting to be completed by Spring 2023.

Cllr Julia Neden-Watts, Chair of the Environment, Sustainability, Culture and Sports Services Committee, said:

“Tree planting remains a key component of Richmond’s Climate Emergency Strategy. I am delighted that we have been successful in our application for funding which will ensure that we continue to add to the numbers of new trees being planted in the borough.

“These new trees are being planted in areas identified by our Parks Team as having limited canopy cover currently and will therefore have a significant impact and help mitigate the effects of climate change.”

Find out more about the Urban Tree Challenge Fund.

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Updated: 24 March 2022

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