Greener Dacorum as we plant more than 1,300 trees this year

Tree plantingWe've planted 1,313 trees during January and February 2021 to help reduce the borough's carbon footprint.

The three main areas with large-scale planting are Hemel Hempstead's Gadebridge Park, Keens Field and Leys Road.

Trees have also been introduced to Coronation Fields, Northchurch and Bunkers Park and we've planted along roadsides.

Of the trees planted, over 900 were whips - young trees that are only two to three years old. These were all mixed native species including Hazel, Holly, Cherry, Hornbeam, Blackthorn, Hawthorn and Apple.

Between now and 2025 another 1,000 native whips will be planted in Gadebridge Park, combined with 30 more older trees, and 2,000 whips in Bunkers Park.

Cllr Alan Anderson, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services, said: “The tree planting project is an important part of our climate and ecological emergency work as trees not only help to create a home for wildlife and preserve biodiversity, but will also help to reduce the borough’s carbon footprint as trees soak up carbon emissions. Please do not disrupt or damage these young trees, they need to be left alone in order to grow successfully.”

We have updated our Trees and Woodland Policy, which contains information about the management of Council trees and advice on how to manage your own trees.