Plant trees… and save the planet

You will be aware of the ever-increasing calls for us to do what we can to combat climate change by cutting our carbon emissions. One way that we can help is to plant trees and/or hedging as they store carbon that we emit when using fossil fuels for heating our homes, car use etc. As part of this initiative, Chichester District Council have appointed a project officer to assist councils and individuals by offering advice on what and where to plant and linking applicants with available funding. New trees must be planted outside existing woodland and can range from small numbers of trees through to new woodland blocks.
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The parish council is very supportive of this scheme and indeed any measures to mitigate our carbon emissions, so if you have an area that you think could be suitable, even just a corner of a garden that might take a single tree, please either contact chris.daykin@buryparishcouncil.org.uk  (07548 175226) or follow the link direct to the Chichester District Council web page at https://www.chichester.gov.uk/treescheme

Another potential source to approach could be EFORESTS who will provide free trees to wildlife trusts, community woodlands and farms as well as private landowners. Normally they would supply a minimum of 200 trees for projects but they state they can be fairly flexible. For further information, the link to their website can be seen here: – https://www.eforests.co.uk/FreeTrees

Fallen trees Bury Hollow

A pair of trees high in the bank behind Appletree Cottage in the Hollow have toppled over to almost 90 degrees and now sit precariously above the road creating a possible danger to pedestrians and traffic should they suddenly fall further. As these trees are lying on the overhead electric lines, they were reported to SSE by Bury Parish Council a couple of weeks ago  – BPC have now contacted SSE again (Feb 16th) who have promised to attend to this soon.

Bury Hill tree felling

Following the Ash Dieback work in January resulting in the loss of two thousand trees, Bury Hill looks somewhat bare and untidy in parts. Mike Simpson has been in contact with West Sussex County Council in relation to any plans for replanting. However, due to financial constraints it seems that WSCC prefer the natural regeneration solution. The following is the response from the Ash Dieback Project Manager: –

‘Now that the ground has been opened up to light, natural regeneration will take place.  The advantage of natural regeneration is that the seed source is already well adapted to the soils and moisture regimes specific to that local environment.  For further information, you may find this website of interest.

Should the funding be made available for replanting, to ensure the replacement planted trees successfully establish, a programme of ongoing management and watering would be needed during the 3-5 year establishment period. Replanting also introduces other environmental hazards such as plastic waste through the need to use tree guards during the establishment phase.  Also, the time for replanted trees to reach maturity will not be dissimilar to the time for natural regeneration to take place and reach maturity.

An additional consideration for this particular site that has now been brought to my attention is the presence of chalk grassland and the opportunity afforded by the recent felling works to address ash dieback for restoring this area of chalk grassland.’

Bury Parish Council await to hear back about the extent of the felling and if there are plans for any more.

Tree planting scheme

Chichester District Council has announced that they will be one of five local authorities in England taking part in a new £2.5m tree planting project with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), which aims to increase tree cover in rural and urban areas. For full details please see here.