Sunday, 12 December 2010

CambridgePPF invites city residents and groups to join Big Tree Plant Campaign

On Thursday 2 December 2010 when the government announced its Big Tree Plant initiative, local charity Cambridge Past, Present & Future (CambridgePPF) calls for a major tree planting campaign to regreen Cambridge and reverse a decline in its famous population of trees.

Robin Pellew, chair of CambridgePPF said:
“Trees are crucial to the iconic Cambridge landscape, a key feature of its beautiful green spaces and part of what makes the city so special. They also reduce atmospheric pollution and help to combat climate change. Yet our trees are suffering and their decline is a serious matter. Many of our trees are mature, making falling branches a very real health and safety hazard. Others are being ravaged by disease. The horse chestnut, a familiar favourite on the Cambridge commons with its white or pink spring flowers and autumn conkers, is the latest species to suffer, with many older trees now facing the chop.

“We need to reinvigorate and replenish Cambridge’s stock of trees if we are to keep the green cityscape that is the envy of other places. We need to launch a major planting programme involving local community groups, schools, and charities as well as the City Council. We therefore welcome the timing of this Government initiative.
“We urge Cambridge to act fast and seize this opportunity. We want to set up a citizens group with local community organisations, charities and companies, plus the City Council to green the city with new trees. If the City Council could contribute its annual tree-planting budget to this project, it could be used as match funding to secure additional funds from The Big Tree Plant. This, we believe, would benefit the whole community and leave an invaluable legacy of a greener city to be enjoyed by generations to come.

Cambridge Past, Present & Future is willing to act as the catalyst to get this project up and running. As custodian of two country parks on the outskirts of the city we know the importance of managing green spaces as both a public and an environmental resource.

If you are interested in this initiative, please call: 01223 243830 or e-mail us using the link below.



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