Tree planting / conservation activities *updated 6th March’ 2020

*Penhill tree planting is now confirmed.

Trees play a vital role in the health of our planet, providing habitat, allowing us to breath, storing carbon dioxide, preventing flooding… SCAN support Friends of the Earth campaigns to double the amount of tree cover in each region of the UK, and to make our towns and cities ten times greener.

The UK is the second least wooded country in Europe (after Ireland). In Swindon, we need to create more green spaces. We currently have 8% tree cover. The more urban areas of Swindon fare worse. This compares to Bath 20%, Salisbury 19.8%, Newbury 22%, Abingdon 16.3%, Oxford 21.4%, Gloucester 13.6%, Cheltenham 12.8%, Bristol 18.6%. SBC has introduced a 30% target but it is difficult to see how that will be achieved as trees continue to be cut down for housing developments.

There are tree planting and other conservation activities planned around Swindon. Working together, we can all play a part in dealing with climate change and make the town a brighter, healthier place to live, where nature thrives.

Volunteers needed!

Events and activities from December 2019:
Peatmoor Community Woodland – Open Morning.
Central Swindon North Parish tree planting – Ferndale Road area.
– Hreod Burna tree planting – December 2019 – event 1event 2ongoing events.
Penhill tree planting – 22nd February 2020.
Bee Roadzz Swindon.
– An i-Trees event (details tbc).
Coate Water tree planting and litter pick.
Wootton Bassett tree planting.

Transition Swindon are supporting this campaign in several ways, including community outreach. They are part of the beautiful, progressive Transition Network. They also have a Facebook page.

If you have an event that you would like us to promote and / or know of any areas that could be used for planting or conservation, please contact us.