DIGGING IN TO MAKE VILLAGE GREENER WITH 100 TREES
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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