Loss of biodiversity in our residential areas and countryside is an urgent problem. As well as asking residents to consider all alternatives before felling mature trees, we should all seek opportunities to plant new trees and hedges. To kick-start this, the Parish Council is offering to plant two new trees in local residential streets for free!
This offer, under the WSCC Donate a Tree Scheme, is worth £150 per tree – for which WSCC will check the proposed streetside location, source and plant the tree (chosen from a list of small native species) and provide 3 years’ after-care. Applications for autumn 2020 planting need to be made by the end of August.
To apply for a Parish Council-funded tree, send details of the proposed location and contacts for two neighbouring households willing to keep an eye on the new tree, to the Parish Clerk by Thursday 20 August. (Contact Us)
Although the Parish Council offer is limited to two new trees in total this year, residents willing to pay the fee themselves are free to apply to the WSCC Donate a Tree Scheme independently. The Parish Council will consider repeating this offer in future years, subject to demand and budget position.
The Parish Council will also be working with our rural landowners and other agencies via other new schemes, including the Wilder Horsham District project being set up by HDC and Sussex Wildlife Trust, and the new Lottery-funded ‘Lost Woods of the Low Weald and Downs’ scheme (WSCC, the Tree Council and Woodland Trust).