Tree planting scheme launched in Clevedon to cut carbon footprint

PUBLISHED: 15:42 25 September 2019

Clevedon town centre.

Clevedon town centre.

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A new environmental group wants to improve people's quality of life, not 'diminish it'.

The Clevedon Climate Emergency Working Group has met to discuss how to cut the town's carbon footprint.

Planting more trees is among the ideas being considered by it and Sustainable Clevedon.

The suggestion comes after Clevedon Town Council declared a climate emergency in early August.

Cllr Barry Cherokoff, chairman of the working group, says it needs the community to back it to be successful.

He said: "To be clear, this is a 'we' not a 'you' campaign. In the coming months, we will be announcing and promoting a number of activities and campaigns to explain and highlight the issues, and suggest a number of ways we can all have a positive impact on their outcomes.

"And we are not looking to diminish the quality of our lives, in fact, the exact opposite.

"With every positive step towards a carbon neutral Clevedon, the health and wellbeing of every member of the community will be enhanced, with the added bonus of a healthier local environment.

"We need to reduce the amount of carbon each of us produces, and we have some great ideas of how we can do this, like greener transport."

It is working alongside Sustainable Clevedon - formerly Transition Clevedon - on planting trees.

Cllr Cherokoff said: "Whether it involves an individual tree in your garden, a few at your place of work, or sponsoring a tree to be planted in open spaces, everyone can be involved.

"Contacts have already been made with farmers who are keen to use unusable field corners, and land owners with space. North Somerset Council are looking at making road verges available.

"And we would hope that local groups will see this as an opportunity for community involvement and a legacy. We are also looking to local businesses to get involved, through sponsorship, land provision, or both."

The town council is one of a number of authorities to declare a climate ergency.

North Somerset Council paved the way at the beginning of the year and parish councils have followed suit. Yatton and Long Ashton's councils did so earlier this month.

Sustainable Clevedon will run a stall at Saturday's farmers' market.

To get involved, email transitionclevedon@gmail.com

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