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Town to plant 3,000 trees before March 2020

PUBLISHED: 17:06 26 November 2019 | UPDATED: 17:06 26 November 2019

Thetford Town Council is appealing for help as part of a project to plant 3,000 trees before March 2020. Photo: Mark Webster

Thetford Town Council is appealing for help as part of a project to plant 3,000 trees before March 2020. Photo: Mark Webster

Mark Webster

Communities have been asked to get their hands dirty and "make a difference that could last 500 years", as a town has appealed for help to plant 3,000 trees before March 2020.

Thetford Town Council is appealing for help as part of a project to plant 3,000 trees before March 2020. Photo: Mark WebsterThetford Town Council is appealing for help as part of a project to plant 3,000 trees before March 2020. Photo: Mark Webster

Thetford is taking part in an ambitious project to plant thousands of trees around the town in a bid to combat climate change.

The trees are being supplied free of charge from the Woodland Trust, eforests, Tree Appeal and OVO Energy and Thetford Town Council have been tasked with getting all 3,000 in the ground before March 2020.

The council has appealed to individuals, schools or community groups to help them reach this target.

The 3,000 native trees and shrubs will be places at six local green spaces, which are open to the public and walking distance for most of the town's residents.

Thetford Town Council is appealing for help as part of a project to plant 3,000 trees before March 2020. Photo: Mark WebsterThetford Town Council is appealing for help as part of a project to plant 3,000 trees before March 2020. Photo: Mark Webster

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Mark Webster, the Town Council's Countryside & Planning Officer, said: "The project has already begun with Thetford Conservation Group putting in 30 new oak, sweet chestnut and walnut trees at School Plain, but that still leaves 99pc of them to do.

"Planting these small trees is simple to do, and suitable for all ages. In 5 minutes you can make a difference that could last 500 years."

The town council is responsible for the maintenance of Barnham Cross Common, Melford Common, Castle Park, Frederick's Wood, part of Maine Street Woodlands, as well as Ford Meadow and several other sections of the green spaces along the riverside

Thetford Town Council is appealing for help as part of a project to plant 3,000 trees before March 2020. Photo: Mark WebsterThetford Town Council is appealing for help as part of a project to plant 3,000 trees before March 2020. Photo: Mark Webster

The next public planting day is on Sunday December 1, timed to link in with both the Woodland Trust's big climate fight-back day and national tree charter day.

Brenda Canhan, the mayor of Thetford, said: "I hope that as many people as possible can get involved with this project as it will make our green spaces more beautiful for residents and visitors, as well as making our town's contribution to improving the global environment."

Anyone wishing to take part in tree planting this winter can contact Mark on 07553 388 551 or email markwebster@thetfordtowncouncil.gov.uk.

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