Community woodlands are being sought as part of our programme to combat climate change.
Council Leader, Steve Fritchley requested that the project be looked at immediately and is calling for suggestions from communities and landowners in Bolsover District for locations to establish the new woodland.
Suggested locations should be large enough to accommodate 5,000 trees (roughly five hectares) and be close to a local community, with larger sites potentially accommodating several thousand trees. Expressions of interest are also welcomed for small scale planting in schools or private gardens.
Cabinet Member for Carbon Reduction Efficiencies, Councillor Nick Clarke said, “We take our obligations to combat climate change seriously and we are seeking effective ways to both reduce our own carbon emissions and reduce existing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.
“We know that planting trees is a potential game changer, so we have the ambition to plant one million trees over the next few years to ensure we play our part.
“It is within this ambition that we are looking to work in partnership with the Woodland Trust to establish a new community woodland and to encourage additional tree planting across Bolsover District. If you know of a suitable piece of land or wish to get involved in tree planting, please get in touch so we can work with you.”
Tree cover in Bolsover District, as in the rest of the UK, comprises just 10% of the land area compared to the EU average of 35%. Our long term aim is to at least double that. Trees and woodlands are a vital component in the prevention of flooding as well as helping to prevent soil erosion and also provide habitats for other flora and fauna and a variety of many species of wildlife.
By growing, protecting and restoring our trees, forests and woodlands we can help to reduce carbon emissions, encourage biodiversity and nature recovery and contribute to the improvement of people’s health and wellbeing.