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Suffolk’s trees and hedgerows to receive boost

Suffolk County Council plans to invest £110,000 this year to ensure that trees and hedgerows are given the best chances to thrive.
Published: 16 Jan 2023

The authority will develop its work to manage and inspect trees and hedgerows on its estate, and on highways. It will have more resource to manage mature and declining trees.

In partnership with The Woodland Trust, the council has planted around 50,000 trees and hedges this planting season, which is in addition to the 200,000 planted in the last couple of years.

Planting thousands of trees in Suffolk is one of the ways we are working to reverse the decline in Suffolk’s biodiversity, by providing habitats for our wildlife. As a council, we have made a commitment to improve the biodiversity on at least 30% of our own estate by 2030.
I’m delighted to support this additional money to enhance the work we are already doing to protect our trees and hedgerows. We have a dedicated team which oversees all our natural environment work and we recently recruited to a new position, a Senior Arboricultural Officer, to help deploy our tree management strategy.
Along with the support of The Woodland Trust, Suffolk Tree Warden Network and local communities, we continue to care for our new and existing trees and hedgerows, and the wildlife that depends on them.
A headshot of Councillor Richard Rout
Councillor Richard Rout, Suffolk County Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Environment

The investment helps work towards the council’s ambitions of being a Net Zero organisation by 2030, and supporting the recovery of Suffolk’s nature that is so vital to this.