Peterborough City Council to plant 150,000 trees

It aims to have 25% of council-owned land covered in trees by 2035 and hopes this will help on its journey to becoming net zero by 2030

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Peterborough City Council is looking to plant 150,000 trees by 2035.

The target is part of its wider commitment to have 25% of council-owned land covered in trees by the same year – which will require a twenty-fold increase in the amount of tree planting ongoing in the city.

Planting and maintenance is expected to cost between £5 million to £15 million during the next 14 years – the council will vote on whether to go ahead with the decision in December.

The council has an aim to become net zero by 2030 and this has been backed by both organisations from public and private sectors through the ‘Peterborough Climate Commitment’ – which is being set up to help those involved monitor their environmental impact and reduce their emissions.

The tree planting scheme would improve air quality, flood mitigation and boost biodiversity in the city.

Councillor Peter Hiller commented: “The council is a custodian of literally thousands of trees. In fact, we’ve recorded about 50,000 individual trees on our database that we’re responsible for across our parks and streets.

“Our current Trees and Woodland Strategy is one of the best in the country. However, we are always open to further improvements and the recommendations of the Working Group contain a number of updates that Cabinet believes will strengthen it further and improve the city for all.”