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Published on 11 November 2021
Archived on 11 December 2021
Last week, Councillors from Stratford-on-Avon District Council took part in a woodland educational and tree planting day with The Heart of England Forest.
The District Council Chairman, Cllr Edward Fitter, has chosen The Heart of England Forest as one of his charities during his term of office and Councillors were invited to one of their sites in Binton, where a total of 40,000 native broadleaf trees will be planted this season.
Councillors were introduced to The Heart of England Forest and heard from members of the team about the work they do.
After a demonstration on tree planting, Councillors got to work and together planted 125 native broadleaf trees as part of the #GrowTheForest campaign.
Cllr Edward Fitter said "The Heart of England Forest are a tremendous locally based charity. They are helping to reverse centuries of woodland decline by creating and conserving thousands of acres of broadleaf forest.
"Thank you to the members of the team for welcoming us, and for taking the time to let myself and other councillors play a small part by planting some trees at one of their forestation sites."
Cllr Ian Shenton, Climate Change Portfolio at Stratford District Council said: "It was a great opportunity for me to see at first-hand the great work being carried out by The Heart of England Forest and to get my hands dirty as well, planting trees.
"It is important that we encourage everyone to plant as many trees as possible as they provide oxygen whilst capturing carbon and restoring forests and woodlands provides a natural habitat for bio diversity, walks for everyone, shade and helps in flood protection.
"There are so many benefits from this initiative and I am very grateful to The Heart Of England and the Chairman for inviting me along to see how we can all make a difference. The enthusiasm of everyone who is involved in the program is amazing and palpable and their efforts will be enjoyed and appreciated by current and future generations."
Cllr Susan Juned, Liberal Democrat Leader said: "I really enjoyed the opportunity to plant these trees.
"Planting a mixture of genetically diverse, native species plays an important role in stopping dangerous climate change by locking up carbon, but it also gives our grandchildren and great grandchildren the chance to walk in and enjoy the mature woodlands of the future."
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