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).
Meetings & Events
Café 52. Stowmarket
Refreshments from 7pm
Speaker 8.15pm - Catherine Rowett MEP
She will be visiting Stowmarket at the end of a busy session in Strasbourg. She will be talking about what it is like to be an MEP, how we can work with Greens in Europe in the future and how we can cut through the Brexit mess and take some positive messages from the EU.
All Green members and supporters are welcome.
- Mid Suffolk meetings generally held at Cafe 52, Crowe Street, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 1DL
- Meetings occasionally held in Woolpit, Eye, Walsham le Willows, Stowupland, Needham Market and other villages.
All Members and well-wishers welcome.