Don't miss a story sign up to Sidmouth Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

County backs tree plea

PUBLISHED: 12:08 21 February 2014 | UPDATED: 12:08 21 February 2014

A PLEA for more trees to be planted on Devon County Council land has been unanimously supported by the authority.

Councillor Claire Wright, who is the Woodland Trust’s tree champion for Devon, says the move will have flood prevention benefits among others.

Water sinks into the soil under trees 67 times the rate at which it sinks into soil under grass.

“We are lagging a long way behind Europe on our tree planting, with less than 10 per cent of wooded areas, compared with around 44 per cent in Europe,” said Cllr Wright, who represents the Ottery St Mary rural ward.

“With the recent weather, our already struggling trees, which are battling development and unprecedented disease, have been under huge pressure from the storms.”

Mrs Wright thanked fellow councillors for their support and said she is look forward to finding suitable areas to plant native species to help tree populations to recover – which could also boost wildlife.

0 comments

Other News Stories

16:33

Lewis Jefferies hopes to one day promote conservation and sustainability.

Read more

RNLI lifeguards will return to East Devon’s beaches from Saturday (April 29) as patrols for the 2017 summer season get underway.

Read more

The owner of an Ottery sweet shop has thanked the community as she opened her doors for the final time,

Read more

Sidmouth’s Devon County Council hustings has been cancelled

Read more

The Countess of Wessex will be in attendance at this year’s Devon County Show.

Read more

‘Selfish’ 4x4 drivers ‘trashing’ the beautiful countryside surrounding Sidmouth could be threatening England’s first wild beavers in more than 300 years.

Read more
Yesterday, 19:30

The cheering crowds egged a Sidmouth web developer over the finish line of his ‘gruelling’ first marathon in the capital on Sunday.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:34

Organisers of the Beer Blazer are urgently appealing for volunteers to come forward.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:04

On this week in 1944: Extracts from the Exmouth Journal, printed April 22, 1944.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:56

Andrew Gillen, 31, lands himself extra year inside for ‘disgraceful and serious’ incident.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 7°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications