800 trees planted across Wilmslow

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Hundreds of trees were planted in Wilmslow last week as part of National Tree Planting Week.

A total of 800 trees were planted at three locations in the town which were identified by Ansa Environmental as places that needed increased woodland edge.

The planting was carried out at Barlow Road in Lacey Green, The Carrs and Carnival Field.

Ryan Pearce, Partnership Director at EQUANS UK & Ireland, said: "It's great to get involved in activities such as this one with Cheshire East Council and partners, combining social value with sustainability; two of our biggest priorities. We're proud to be improving the communities we work in and look forward to continuing to work with CEC as part of our partnership moving forward."

Chair of the environment and communities committee for Cheshire East Council, Councillor Mick Warren, said: "The council has an ambitious target to become carbon neutral in its own operations by 2025 – and in working together with the wider borough to support individuals, schools and organisations to reduce their emissions.

"Where we are unable to remove our own carbon emissions completely, we are taking steps to offset carbon locally – through initiatives such as tree planting.

"No-one can tackle the climate emergency alone, as has been highlighted during recent COP26 discussions. Examples of joint working such as this project with EQUANS are vital in enabling us to create high quality woodland that offsets our emissions, as well as providing a range of other benefits to the natural environment, including engaging with and supporting community development."

EQUANS has recently been awarded a 10-year, £97 million facilities management (FM) contract by CEC which will see them not only deliver FM, capital projects and compliance services work to Council buildings across the region - but also serve as a strategic partner to support Cheshire East's net zero carbon targets.

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Neda Metcalfe
Wednesday 8th December 2021 at 4:53 pm
I hope these are able to grow and stay before they are chopped down for yet another housing estate
Terry Roeves
Wednesday 8th December 2021 at 5:16 pm
A good news story for us all. Thank you EQUAANS and CEC. It’s a start. There are so many other sites across the borough. We can set an example to the rest of the country and become the first to become carbon neutral. Let’s do it.
The race is on!
Merry Christmas and stay safe.
Laurie Atterbury
Sunday 12th December 2021 at 8:28 am
That's good. news
Ian Baillie
Monday 13th December 2021 at 5:17 pm
4 years' growth on those saplings isn't going to produce big, carbon-absorbing trees which will cure the flooding as all available land is concreted over for housing developments and the noise and pollution from the airport make an unwelcome return. It's far too easy to shove in a few little trees and pretend the world is saved.

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