DIG­GING IN TO MAKE VIL­LAGE GREENER WITH 100 TREES

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A PAR­ISH coun­cil has launched a new cam­paign to get peo­ple think­ing green.

Chal­font St Peter Par­ish Coun­cil is the brains be­hind Plant 100 trees, an ini­tia­tive which will see 100 street trees planted over the next five years at a num­ber of lo­ca­tions across the vil­lage.

The trees will be planted every grow­ing sea­son in a bid to re­duce air pol­lu­tion, im­prove the health of the lo­cal com­mu­nity and sup­port the pre­ven­tion of lo­calised flood­ing.

To cel­e­brate the launch of the ini­tia­tive, re­tire­ment vil­lage Aud­ley Chal­font Dene planted the first of a row of four trees yes­ter­day and have do­nated money to the project along with Feast Day.

The project has been made pos­si­ble by the sup­port of the In­ter County Am­bu­lance Sta­tion and lo­cal vol­un­teers the Tree Guardians

Par­ish coun­cil­lor Kate South­worth said: “With traf­fic and con­struc­tion only set to in­crease in the com­ing years, we have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect the well­be­ing of our com­mu­nity by com­bat­ing air pol­lu­tion.

“The health ben­e­fits of trees are proven. A sim­ple row of trees in front of a home or school has been shown to re­duce pol­lu­tion in­side homes by about 60% and can mean you are seven times less likely to develop asthma.

“Not only that, trees have also been shown to have other ben­e­fits to com­mu­ni­ties such as re­duc­ing traf­fic speed and gen­er­ally making the vil­lage a more beau­ti­ful place to live.

“This is why we are com­mit­ted to plant­ing 100 trees by 2020. We’d like to thank all of our donors and vol­un­teers who are making this pos­si­ble.”

Richard Petrik, vil­lage man­ager at Aud­ley Chal­font Dene, said: “Through­out the con­struc­tion of Aud­ley Chal­font Dene, as with all of our vil­lages, we have been com­mit­ted to be­ing as en­vi­ron­men­tally aware as pos­si­ble. We’re ex­tremely proud to be set­ting an ex­am­ple to oth­ers in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try by sup­port­ing this scheme and to be con­tribut­ing to cre­at­ing a green and healthy lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

Con­tact the Par­ish Coun­cil Clerk clerk@chal­fontst­peter-pc.gov.uk or call­ing 01753 891582 for more in­for­ma­tion.

Grow­ing for the fu­ture: A new ini­tia­tive has been launched in Chal­font St Peter to plant 100 trees

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