As part of Lib Dem-run B&NES Council's Climate Action Plan, 100,000 trees will be planted across Bath and North East Somerset by May 2023. This number will reach 250,000 by 2030.
The ambitious reforestation project set out by Cllr David Wood, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services and the Climate Emergency comes as B&NES Council is looking at ways to reduce carbon emissions across the authority to hit net-zero by 2030. Trees are particularly useful and natural tools of carbon capture, absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and releasing oxygen in its place.
As well as helping to combat climate change, trees also provide a host of other ecological, personal and community benefits:
- Research shows that woodlands are able to help improve mental health while reducing stress.
- New woodlands will be complemented by a series of community orchards for fruit picking, encouraging healthy eating.
- Planting forests provide natural habitats for wildlife to thrive
- Trees provide a natural defence against flooding, the risk of which increases as our climate becomes more volatile.
Cllr David Wood said "This project will not only further enhance Bath and North East Somerset's beautiful natural setting but will also help us to do our part locally to combat the climate emergency."
There will be a detailed Tree and Woodland Plan showing where the trees could go and how the planting will be resourced in partnership with communities, volunteers and landowners.