Tree and Woodland Planting Programme

Urban trees and woodland provide a diverse range of environmental and quality of life benefits that are important in tackling the current climate emergency. Trees and woodland increase the biodiversity of the area through the introduction of native and pollinator rich plant species that in turn provide habitat and food for wildlife, provide shade and heat absorption, reduce air pollution and offset carbon emissions.

A key action in ‘Our Chelmsford Our Plan’ and the ‘Climate and Ecological Emergency Declaration Action Plan’ is to undertake a greening programme to significantly increase the amount of woodland and proportion of tree cover in Chelmsford. This will be through a sustained 10 year tree planting campaign which aims to plant one tree for every resident and at least three new trees for every new home, helping to achieve the Climate and Ecological Emergency target to make the Council’s activities net-zero carbon by 2030.

Planting and aftercare of the trees will be supported and undertaken by volunteer activities such as organisational/company volunteering days (and donations), existing volunteering groups/activities, schools/college volunteering activities, and community tree planting days.

Trees planted

Meet our Volunteers

I am looking forward to continuing my involvement in the project

I am a Parks  volunteer involved with the Greening Chelmsford Project. Last winter I planted trees at Hylands and Admirals Parks and South Woodham Ferrers. It made me feel good, about my contribution to the much needed improvement to the air quality for our future generations.  There’s many more years of  planting to be done plus the aftercare of the trees which is also very rewarding. I am looking forward to continuing my involvement in the project. 

Eunice, Parks Volunteer

It was great to be involved with the recent tree planting at Hylands Park

Chelmsford Greening Community Day 

It was great to be involved with the recent tree planting at Hylands Park, meeting new people of all ages, each planting a few young trees. I also appreciated the time you took in helping me identify the species of saplings. I would love to be involved again. Hopefully I would have remembered the names. Not only are trees very important for their accepted green credentials, fully grown woods also create areas of peace for humans as well as wildlife in this very hectic world. Tree planting today means that future generations can appreciate the natural beauty and wildlife of Hylands Park for generations to come. But planting a tree does not mean you forget it. Please involve me in any aftercare be that clearing grass and weeds from the young plant to fencing areas to keep wildlife away from eating the new plants. 

Mark, Parks Volunteer

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