Over 9,000 free trees distributed since 2018

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Cllr Abby Brennan met with Streetwise Managing Director Nigel Carter and Friends of the Hook volunteers to see the trees planted at the site2 hero-texture
Cllr Abby Brennan met with Streetwise Managing Director Nigel Carter and Friends of the Hook volunteers to see the trees planted at the site2

Rushcliffe Borough Council and Streetwise have now distributed a staggering 9,000 free trees since 2018 to local residents and community groups.

It’s all part of the authority’s free tree scheme and Rushcliffe Community Tree scheme which is giving green fingered enthusiasts a chance to further enhance wildlife in their garden or community space.

They include Wild Cherry, Dogwood, Crab Apple and Hazel trees all of which are native to the Rushcliffe area.

The latest site to be included in the scheme is The Hook nature reserve in Lady Bay in West Bridgford, where 22 trees have been planted recently with 145 trees and 81 shrubs planted on the site since 2018.

The Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Communities and Climate Change Cllr Abby Brennan visited the site to meet with Friends of the Hook volunteer group and Chairman Jeff Mackintosh.

Streetwise grounds maintenance operatives and Managing Director Nigel Carter were also on hand to plant the trees, having been integral to distributing the free items to thousands of residents and groups.

Cllr Brennan said: “It’s brilliant that our free tree scheme has been so popular with our residents and community groups over the last four years, showing the enthusiasm they have to make Rushcliffe a greener and even more of a great place to live.

“By increasing the number of trees planted in areas such as this, we hope that these green environments will grow alongside the communities close to them and that future residents will have improved quality of life.

“The group here at The Hook are among those who do so much to enhance and protect local green spaces and we thank them for their continued dedication to embrace these projects.”

Chair of the Friends of the Hook Jeff Mackintosh said: “Thank you to the Council and Streetwise for providing and planting the further 22 trees at the Hook site. We’re delighted and can’t wait to see them flourish in the coming months and years!

“Trees provide so many environmental benefits as they capture and store carbon from the atmosphere, which in turn will help to tackle climate change as well as encouraging more wildlife in the area.”