Replanting trees to increase biodiversity in Brighton


THE COUNCIL has approved a plan to plant thousands of trees across the city each year.

The scheme is part of Brighton and Hove City Council’s commitment to address the climate and biodiversity emergency.

Efforts are also being made to identify more land for forest to increase tree planting.

It is investing in a tree planting scheme funded primarily by a £1million grant from the Council’s Carbon Neutral Fund. Part of the investments flowed into new employees.

In 2021-2022, the council planted 425 trees and 2,530 young tree seedlings.

Councilor Steve Davis, Co-Chair of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee, said: “It is critical that we do what we can to conserve our tree population and reduce biodiversity loss from tree loss who succumb to diseases.

“Ash dieback is devastating our native ash trees and is being driven by the climate crisis, with extreme weather changes providing the perfect conditions for the fungus that causes it.

“That is why, alongside our tree planting plan, we also have an ash dieback management plan in place to minimize losses in Brighton and Hove as much as possible.

“Trees play an important role in filtering pollution and improving air quality.

“They also have a positive impact on mental health and well-being, making our streets and open spaces more pleasant places to be.

“In addition to preserving our tree population, we will actively seek land to create new areas of forest like that on Carden Hill.”

Trees also help prevent flooding by holding water and provide much-needed shade during heat waves, so more plants help prevent some of the effects of climate change.

The tree planting plan aims to support the 2030 carbon neutral program by enabling the planting of a variety of species with greater pest and disease resistance and by working with residents to plant trees in communities.

City councilors approved the action plan on tree planting and ash dieback in the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee last month. Replanting trees to increase biodiversity in Brighton

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