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‘Tis the season for tree planting

Published: 8 December 2022

Tree planting season has kicked off with 99 trees planted on our estate during October and November to help tackle climate change.

HM Vice Lord-Lieutenant Colonel John Wilson OBE DL, Cllr Barry Lewis and Colonel Dan Rex MVO at the planting of The Queen
Pictured at the planting of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Coppice, Derbyshire: HM Vice Lord-Lieutenant Colonel John Wilson OBE DL (r), with council leader Councillor Barry Lewis (l) and Colonel Dan Rex MVO.

We have committed to support the planting of up to a million new trees in Derbyshire by 2030 through our One Million Trees programme to help absorb carbon emissions from the atmosphere.

A copper beech and six feathered Hornbeam were planted at Shipley Country Park for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Coppice, Derbyshire, in memory of Her Majesty The Queen in October. And since then, 80 oak saplings have been planted at Forest School sites across the county and 12 oaks have been planted along the A6 in Matlock.

A further 2,000 trees will be planted in December at Pleasley Pit Country Park and Williamthorpe Nature Reserve with more to follow in January at other county council-owned sites.

The One Million Trees programme forms a key part of our plans to help the county reach net zero by 2050 or sooner if possible. Net zero means reducing our carbon emissions right down to the lowest possible level and offsetting those that cannot be cut through measures such as planting more trees and other forms of habitat creation to absorb excess carbon from the atmosphere, making the overall net emissions zero.

Council Leader, Councillor Barry Lewis said:

“We’re leading efforts in Derbyshire to reduce carbon emissions to help prevent further global warming but we can’t do it on our own.

“We need everyone to play a part and one of the ways people can help is by planting more trees. It’s not the only answer - tree planting alone will not be enough. But as we work with local communities, businesses, and other organisations over the coming years to reduce the amount of carbon emissions we produce right down to the lowest possible level, we need to make sure that there are enough trees to absorb the remaining carbon that we can’t stop producing.

“We’ll be rolling out our One Million Trees project further in 2023 so look out for further information about how you can help.”