Liberal Democrats on Cornwall Council are celebrating passing the 50,000 tree mark in their flagship Forest for Cornwall program.
Residents, community groups, businesses and schools all across Cornwall have stepped up to get involved in the tree planting program which will eventually create a network tree canopy in woodland, parks, farmland and villages across the peninsula.
It is hoped the new area of trees will eventually grow to cover 8,000 hectares of land in Cornwall, or an additional 2% of Cornwall’s total land area and capture up to 38,000 tonnes of carbon per year, or 1% of Cornwall’s current greenhouse gas emissions.
Lib Dem portfolio holder for Climate Change, Edwina Hannaford said, “The Forest for Cornwall is one of the most exciting projects happening at the Council right now and it is a privilege to be involved. I am absolutely delighted with how the community has embraced tree planting across the Duchy. We still have a long way to go but the Forest for Cornwall is a project that everyone should be able to get behind for the good of current and future generations.
Councillor Rob Nolan, portfolio holder for the Environment added, “I am proud of the way the Liberal Democrats are tackling climate change in Cornwall. Working with local communities to plant trees is such an easy and enjoyable way to cut Cornwall’s emissions and capture carbon, at the same time as making our peninsula even more green and pleasant. It really is win, win."
Local residents, councils, businesses and community groups can find out more about the Forest for Cornwall and how you can get involved by speaking to your local Lib Dem Cornwall councillor or visiting the Forest for Cornwall's dedicated website by clicking on the link.