5th July 2020: Summer Newsletter

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10th Mar 2020: Spring Newsletter

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15th Feb 2020: Curchods Estate Agents Offer Funding to Surrey Tree Wardens

Curchods have agreed to make funding available from April for tree wardens in Surrey. Any local group wanting to apply will need to have authorisations in place for highway trees or owners consent for other sites, together with all other arrangements in place before they finally apply. Curchods will be writing to each of the groups that has already expressed an interest, in order to invite an application. Contact us if you want to find out more.

11th Feb 2020: Surrey County Council guidelines for Highway Tree Planting and Verge Enhancement Schemes

Surrey County Council passed three important environmental resolutions with just a couple of abstentions last summer relating to Action on Climate Change, Tree Planting and the Use of Pesticides. They have just issued a new document with guidelines for Highway Tree Planting and Verge Enhancement Schemes which makes it very clear that they are now positively fostering the planting of street trees. Those resolutions supported by all parties are really changing things.

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Let's get planting!

19th Dec 2019: Surrey County Council – Facilitating the planting of 1.2 million new trees by 2030

On 9 July 2019 Surrey County Council declared a climate emergency, and committed to work with partners to agree Surrey's collective response, which will include a strategy for becoming carbon neutral as early as possible. As part of this, the council has committed to facilitate the planting of 1.2 million trees – one for every Surrey resident – by 2030. More details here.

25th Sep 2019: Autumn 2019 Newsletter

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Almost 3,000 tonnes of trees cut down on Surrey County Council land in 2018/19.

Nearly 3,000 tonnes of Ash trees were cut down on Surrey County Council land to be burned as fuel last year in a policy branded "utterly unacceptable" by campaigners.

The trees, which covered around 18 acres of the council's countryside estate managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust, were cut down between April 2018 and March 2019 because they were either affected by or at risk of ash dieback, Cllr Mike Goodman told the county's cabinet on Tuesday (September 24).

A freedom of information request previously found that 2,722 tonnes of wood from the felling had been sold for use in biomass power generation at a profit of £38,615, which environmental campaigners say contributes to global warming. It is not clear exactly how many trees were cut down.

Sally Blake, coordinator of Save Surrey Countryside, told councillors at Tuesday's meeting: "This has contributed a significant quantity of carbon emissions to the atmosphere, despite the United Nations' dire report on global warming in October 2018.

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