Mayor announces 10,000 new trees

November 17, 2021 8:00 AM
Originally published by Dave Hodgson - Mayor of Bedford Borough

Mayor Dave Hodgson planting a treeMayor Dave Hodgson has planted the first of over 10,000 trees to be planted in Bedford Borough this tree planting season.

The Council has successfully won funding through the Treescapes Fund to plant trees in Bedford Park, Addison-Howard Park and on-street to replace those sadly lost to disease. They have also won funding through the Urban Tree Challenge Fund which will see trees planted in Kingsbrook.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said "It is vital that we plant more trees which are an important part in helping tackle climate change and reach our commitment to be a net zero carbon council by 2030. Trees are not just beautiful to look at but create a home for local wildlife, and are good for our health and wellbeing."

In addition to the usual planting programme, there are lots of projects to celebrate the Queen's Green Canopy taking place in our area including the planting of at least one tree in every ward in the Borough, and we have been successful in winning national funding to bring more trees to Bedford Borough. The Council will be planting trees across the Borough in partnership with volunteer groups, residents, charities, the Forestry Commission and the Forest of Marston Vale.