19 March 2021 – Thames Chase Trust, Brentwood Borough Council, and Essex County Council have continued their long history of working together to bring new tree planting to the borough of Brentwood.
The project has been jointly funded by Thames Chase Trust’s Trees for Climate programme and Essex County Council’s Essex Forest Initiative and has been enabled by Brentwood Borough Council’s renewed engagement with the Community Forest in 2020.
Dave Bigden, Consultant Forest Director for Thames Chase Trust, said:
“Thames Chase Trust is delighted to be working in partnership with Brentwood Borough Council and Essex County Council on this exciting new tree planting programme. Combining the benefits of Trees for Climate and the Essex Forest Initiative has brought maximum benefit to Brentwood and the success of our partnership in 2020/21 will help us drive forward, planning for year two of the Trees for Climate programme in 2021/22.
The creation of new woodlands, combined with the increase in management of existing woodlands, will bring significant improvements in the recreational, amenity and biodiversity value of Thames Chase Community Forest. It will continue and expand the work we have been delivering with our partners since the inception of the Forest in 1990.
Trees for Climate will help the Thames Chase Trust and its partners to continue to drive this vital work forward. This scheme aligns with the aims and objectives of the Thames Chase Plan and the tree planting will support the Trust’s vision to create a mosaic landscape, rich in diverse habitat, across Thames Chase Community Forest.”
The trees are planned to be planted on different plots of land, covering nearly three-hectares, including a community orchard at St Faith’s Country Park as well as sites; Childerditch Lane, Hatch Road, and Magpie Lane.
Photo credit: Alan Marsh