Over the past five years we have been working closely with the Woodland Trust on a partnership project to increase tree and hedgerow cover in the county.
This scheme has been very successful and has resulted in over 150,000 trees and hedging plants being planted each year in schools, communities and farmland.
It is significantly helping our efforts to reduce carbon emissions across the county and ensure that Northamptonshire is resilient to the effects of climate change.
Trees have numerous environmental and economic benefits, including:
- 1 tree absorbs around 1 tonne of carbon during its lifetime making it one of the cheapest, most cost effective means of reducing carbon
- Trees help us adapt to climate change, through reducing 'urban heat island' effect and helping us to mitigate against flooding
- 1 tree produces enough oxygen each year to support 2 people
- Trees provide a wonderfully rich habitat for all sorts of wildlife, greatly improving biodiversity
- Trees improve health and wellbeing by purifying contaminated water and removing harmful pollutants from air
Building on the success of the scheme we continue to support the Woodland Trust's national free tree pack programme for: