More trees in Mendip

It sometimes feels as if the entire effort to become carbon neutral by 2030 is “plant trees”. Followed by “plant more trees”. Planting trees is a not a bad idea. But doing things like building carbon neutral buildings is a good idea too. To date Mendip District Council (MDC) has been big on tree planting. Not so good with carbon neutral buildings.

So no big surprise that yesterday they announced 500 more trees would be planted. This time in the Mendip Hills “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.” That would seem as logical a place as ever to plant more trees. The more so as the area has been especially hard hit with tree loss due to ash dieback disease.

The initiative will add to MDC’s many planting schemes already carried out. Recent examples include Binegar Bottom, Tor Hill in Wells, and Pomparles Bridge, Glastonbury.  

In this instance MDC will be giving financial assistance to the Mendip Hills AONB Unit. They will in turn coordinate and oversee the planting of native tree species for hedging and woodland creation. The species selected so far include oak, birch, beech, hazel, rowan, small-leaved lime, and holly.

The native trees will be planted by the AONB’s dedicated volunteers. The trees will go to Ebbor Gorge and Rodney Stoke National Nature Reserve north west of Wells. They will help make the woodland areas there bigger, better and more connected. The detailed planting schemes will be put together with input from Natural England and local landowners. These include bodies such as the National Trust, Somerset Wildlife Trust and Somerset County Council.

All we need now is a carbon neutral policy titled “Beyond planting trees”.

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