New Milton Plant a Tree Initiative
New Milton Town Council are pleased to announce that their Plant a Tree Initiative is now open for people to order trees again to be planted this tree-planting season. Last year the scheme received enthusiastic support from the community resulting in the planting of forty trees in a variety of green spaces throughout the town. These trees were in addition to the planting of a variety of tree whips at Ballard Water Meadow carried out by the Friends of Ballard Water Meadow volunteer group.
Locations for planting the trees included Ashley Recreation Ground, Earlswood Park, Chatsworth Park and Long Meadow, where a variety of native species were chosen from a carefully compiled list, which also included disease resistant Elm, beautiful scarlet flowered Hawthorn, and the pollinator’s favourite, the flowering Wild Cherry.
Residents are invited to get involved again this year and contribute to the Plant a Tree scheme by choosing a species of tree and the desired location from the list and map provided on the Town Council website. The full list of locations and available trees can be viewed here Tree Work Policy – New Milton (newmiltontowncouncil.gov.uk)
This year the Plant a Tree Initiative will also incorporate The Queen’s Green Canopy (queensgreencanopy.org) project with the Town Council working closely with Ballard School to plant a selection of trees in the school grounds adjacent to Ballard Water Meadow.
Cllr Geoff Blunden, Chairman of Amenities Committee, said “A big thank you to all those who have sponsored our tree planting, I look forward, with your help, to many more being planted this season.
I’m often asked the question “how can trees help in climate change and nature?” Trees really do help in such a big way;
- More oxygen in our air
- More natural carbon sinks and reduced greenhouse gases
- Natural habitats for endangered animal species
- Healthier soil and natural humidity control helping in flooding
Our tree replacement policy underpins this focus as we propose to plant a minimum of two trees of native species for every tree removed”
Further information available from:
Town Clerk, New Milton Town Council
Tel: 01425 619120
Dated: 4 January 2022