Solihull’s tree planting project scoops another award - The Solihull Observer

Solihull’s tree planting project scoops another award

Solihull Editorial 30th Mar, 2024   0

SOLIHULL Council’s campaign to encourage local people to get involved in tree planting – has won the public sector prize at The Natural Environment Awards (NEA).

The NEA award scheme recognises organisations which excel in protecting, restoring and enhancing the natural environment in the West Midlands.

Solihull Council set up the Planting our Future campaign in 2020 as part of its commitment to plant 250,000 trees by 2030 through local engagement with schools, residents, businesses and community groups.

The campaign encourages residents to get involved with tree planting and green infrastructure projects and offers support to private landowners who would like to plant trees.

In the same week as winning The Natural Environment Awards public sector prize, the campaign has reached a major milestone having planted 100,000 trees in four years.

It also achieved Tree Cities of the World status last month.

Coun Ian Courts, Leader of Solihull Council, said: “We set a target of 250,000 trees by 2030 as part of our efforts to tackle climate change and reach net carbon zero emissions.

“This award not only recognises the hard work of the Planting our Future team – who are out planting trees in all weathers – but also the 600 volunteers, sponsors and donors who have helped us with this ambitious campaign.

“I would also like to congratulate Solihull’s conservation volunteers who were nominated for an NEA community award.”

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