South Hams District Council is making a real difference by actively supporting community tree planting events across Ivybridge.
The District Council's Natural Environment Team has been working hard, alongside Cllr Lance Austen, to deliver new woodland trees in two of Ivybridge's public open spaces.
A tree planting event, organised by the District Council, was held on Friday 21 February, with guidance and support from Park Life, a not-for-profit enterprise.
300 trees, bought from a local tree nursery, were planted in The Spinney and Torre Park using Sustainable Community Locality Funding and money from the Big Greenspace Challenge, which looks to enhance parks and other green spaces in the Langage Energy Centre area.
Local residents volunteered along with community group PL21 Transition, to work tirelessly to plant the woodland mix of trees and shrubs to improve biodiversity and to positively respond to the Climate Change and Biodiversity Emergency declared by South Hams District Council.
Working with local community groups, the trees will be maintained into the future to make sure they have the best possible start.
South Hams District Council's Ward Member for Ivybridge West, Cllr Lance Austen said: "I am delighted to be using my annual budget to help deliver this wonderful environmental project to benefit the Ivybridge community. The environment is an area which I feel strongly about and I'm really proud to be involved in planting these 300 trees for the future.
"I couldn't have made this happen alone, so I'd really like to thank the incredible community effort of those who came out to support us."
If you are interested in planting and caring for your own trees, you can find information at www.southhams.gov.uk/caringfortrees
Issued: 24 February 2020