Tree for Life success for Green councillors’ proposal

4 February 2019

To encourage the planting of trees and to promote the many benefits which trees bring to our communities, Mid Suffolk District Council offered a tree to every child born in 2018 to mark their birth.

The scheme was originally put forward by the council’s Green group two years ago and was formally launched by the Conservative administration last year.

As well as providing something that can grow along with each newborn, the trees also aim to promote local food production and biodiversity.

Andrew Stringer, Green councillor, said: “We are obviously delighted – this just goes to prove that smaller political groups can get their ideas implemented, what a great example of different political groups working together to achieve a positive outcome.
“We are especially pleased with how the staff have taken our draft policy and made it even better, with over one in every five children born in Mid Suffolk successfully claiming a tree, this makes this one of the most successful tree schemes in the country.”

A Mid Suffolk District Council spokesman said the scheme, which was open to families of children born or adopted last year, had received a ‘great response’ in its first year, with 166 successful applications.
This means about 21 per cent of the expected new births in the district were allocated a tree. In comparison, a similar scheme in Cambridge only had 24 applications in its first year (2 per cent of the birth rate).

Tree for Life collection





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