100 tree challenge starts on Feast Day
Chalfont St Peter sets target to tackle pollution
YOUNGSTERS are being asked to support a new environmental scheme which launches on the same day as Feast Day.
Chalfont St Peter Parish Council is behind an initiative which aims to plant 100 new trees throughout the village.
Pupils at local schools have been asked to take part in a drawing competition with the winner’s design chosen as imagery for the campaign.
Both the scheme and the winner will be announced at the event on June 27, where a short video will also be on show in the parish council’s marquee.
Feast Day organiser and one of the leaders of the project Mike Day said: “We’re running out of space in the Garden of Rest for memorial trees and with future developments, roads like the A413 are potentially going to get more traffic and trees are the first form of defence.
“It’s good news and they look nice. We’ve set ourselves a target of planting 100 trees in the next five years.”
The drawing competition will have four age categories – five to seven, eight to 11, 12 to 14 and 14 to 18.
Winners of each age category will receive a £25 gift voucher, and then an overall winner will be chosen from those and will receive £100.
Entry forms for the competition, which closes on June 12, are also available from the parish council offices and Budgens in the High Street.
According to Mr Day it costs £250 to plant a new tree, but all donations, sponsorships and legacies will be recorded in a special book which will be on display at the council offices in Gravel Hill.
He added all donations of £250 or more will be recorded as having provided a tree or trees for the village.
Mr Day said: “I think it works on a number of levels and it’s another opportunity for this community to come together for the common good, because it’s a great community we have in Chalfont St Peter.”