BCP Council's Tree Planting programme is branching out

Posted on Monday 3 February 2020

Two commemorative trees have been replaced in Central Gardens, Bournemouth as part of the wider BCP Council tree planting programme.

Following damage to the trees that were previously planted, the Council’s arboriculture team, with a helping hand from Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change, Councillor Felicity Rice, have planted a Sweetgum and Red Oak to complement the existing trees in the area. Commemorative trees are a peaceful and environmentally friendly option to create a lasting personal memory that can grow and mature over many years.

The memorial trees planted in Central Gardens are part of the wider tree planting programme which will see trees planted across the three towns. From open spaces such as parks and woodland areas, to local neighbourhoods, road and pavements.

Tree growing plays a significant role in BCP Council’s Climate and Ecological Emergency Action Plan due to the numerous benefits that trees have on the environment, such as:

  • absorbing carbon dioxide
  • providing natural habitats for wildlife
  • improving air quality
  • enhancing biodiversity

Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change, Councillor Felicity Rice, BCP Council, said

“In Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole we are very fortunate to have such beautiful open spaces and diverse natural landscapes. Our teams work so hard to care for and sustainably maintain our trees to ensure that they can continue to thrive and help combat climate change and reduce carbon emissions.

“Our urban trees are such vital parts of our community for everyone and for the wildlife. I look forward to being part of more nature-based planting schemes in all areas of BCP soon, because there is now such an appreciation of everything that trees do for our planet!”