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First trees planted as part of Grant scheme

Friday, 5 February 2021

Volunteers from two conservation groups have become the first to take advantage of our new Tree Planting Grant scheme by planting seven fruit trees in a local orchard.

The two groups, Teasel Conservation Group, based in Stotfold, and Arlesey Conservation for Nature (ACORN) planted the trees in Etonbury Community Orchard which contains 63 varieties of apple, pear and plum trees, all of which are local to Bedfordshire and the surrounding area.

The trees are the first for our Tree Planting Grant scheme, which aims to deliver tree and hedge planting schemes across Central Bedfordshire. Town and parish councils, local voluntary and community organisations, schools and other groups can apply for funding (or match funding) as part of the scheme. Projects can vary in size, from a minimum of five trees upwards, to larger areas of new woodland.

The main aim is delivering as many benefits as possible. This could include habitat creation and supporting local wildlife to having an educational purpose or providing communities with a focal project for them to come together and participate in.

Our Executive Member for Sustainability and Transformation, Councillor Steven Dixon, said:

This is the first of many grants that we will distribute to local organisations over the coming years, and is part of our pledge to encourage sustainability and tackle climate change. I would urge anyone who is interested in the scheme to make an application by the end of the month.

Roger Watson, who volunteers with Acorn and Teasel, said:

We are delighted to be able to complete our orchard planting with the support of CBC funding. Tree planting is a long-term investment for the benefit of wildlife, the environment, and the enjoyment of the local communities. We are proud to have played our part in establishing this fantastic resource for current and future generations and look forward to sampling the fruits of our labour.

The Tree Planting Grant scheme is open until 28 February 2021.