We are protecting thousands of local trees for the future and plnating new ones in a new initiative.
Following a major survey, we have pledged to safeguard all of the 2,050 trees on open land belonging to us and replace those we are forced to remove on a like-for-like basis.
Open Space Team Leader Julia Chambres said:
“Safeguarding the environment is one of our top priorities. That is why we will look to plant new trees as part of our ongoing neighbourhood improvement programme and also plant a new tree for every one we have to remove.
“It is a really sad day when we have to cut down a tree but sometimes this is necessary for health and safety reasons or because the tree is dying. The good news is that we won’t lose any from the overall stock and will actually add to it."
The pledge comes as part of continuing improvements by our Neighbourhood Services team, which also involves new partnerships with Cheshire West and Chester Council, Northwich Town Council and other organisations.
Recently a multi-agency pilot-project called My Home is My Castle saw “grot spots” identified by Castle residents being cleaned and greened.
“Attractive green spaces improve health and wellbeing and is prove to reduce anti-social and crime,” Julia added. “We are doing everything we can to transform neighbourhoods for the good of all customers and residents. By working together even more can be achieved.”
We are responsible for more than 600,000 square metres of common green space (the equivalent of 1,303 tennis courts), and have also created a “woodland walk” area in Crook Lane, Wharton, and recently carried out environmental improvements at Queen Elizabeth House, Church Lane, Northwich, in response to resident requests.
The recent tree-mapping exercise did not include all the trees in more than 5,000 individual gardens, all of which are legally protected and the responsibility of customers to maintain.
Replacement trees may not necessarily be planted in the same spot but will be within our area.