Planting 100 new trees by 2020

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PLANTING 100 NEW TREES BY 2020 CAMPAIGN

What trees do for us

What we are doing 

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Chalfont St Peter Parish Council have launched a tree planting campaign to help the environment, reduce pollution and improve the aesthetics of the village.

How you can help

 

MAY 2016 – update on progress

The first 20 trees have now been placed into verges around the village.  The Parish Council would like to thank Audley Homes & Feast Day Ltd for their very kind donations and sponsorship of trees this year.  The sponsors, tree guardians, members of the public and Councillors met on Chalfont Common to officially plant the first tree.

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Councillors, Sponsors, tree Guardians and public attending the official tree planting event.

 

 

 

 

missmurphy_co_uk-7605  Tree guardians watering the “Harry tree”

missmurphy_co_uk-7688 Cllr Smith and Cllr Southworth accepting the very generous donation from Audley Homes

missmurphy_co_uk-7557Richard Petrik, Village Manager at Audley Chalfont Dene planting the first tree

missmurphy_co_uk-7644Inter County Ambulance Station representative, Greg who helps with watering the new trees on the A413

 

missmurphy_co_uk-7587 Sandra Clark and Cllr Tony Shinner representing Feast Day Ltd sponsors of the tree planting project

missmurphy_co_uk-7627 Tree guardians and Coco the dog.

 

Chalfont St Peter’s Tree Guardians.

We buy reasonable sized trees which tend to withstand the rigours of street life, trees that are bred for this situation, with little fruit, non allergenic, and not overly tall or spreading.

However given that research shows that over 60 % of trees die fairly soon after local authority planting, mainly due to lack of water, we had a big problem...how could we keep our trees alive for the first two years, until their roots have pushed far enough into the soil to reach water on their own.

The Parish council could not undertake to water all our new trees…there are simply not enough staff.

So we asked the community…..and up came our Tree Guardians !!!!!..who on a completely voluntary basis, have undertaken to water on a rota basis, and keep our trees alive and thriving…for all of our enjoyment and with all the health benefits trees give to the whole community.

Others have cut circles around the trees to help protect them from strimmer damage.

They are amazing people, and the next time you look at one of the village trees, and admire the leaves as they colour, or the blossom as it emerges, or enjoy the shade on a hot day…please remember our family of Tree Guardians working quietly to ensure these trees live to establish themselves…..

…..and should you spot one of them at work busy watering give them a wave and a huge thumbs UP !!!!!

 A big thank you from the whole village.

 Air Pollution…the facts…..

The Parish Council in Chalfont St Peter is very aware of the effect of increasing traffic load on its roads. We have many new build sites in the village.  On top of this we are to have the construction work associated with HS2 in Chalfont Common, where a vent shaft is to be built, with the associated heavy vehicles on our roads.

“Inhaling Particulates and nitrogen dioxide causes around 40,000 premature deaths per year”. (Royal College of physicians, 2016). Most of this is from traffic exhaust.

Housing, construction work and new build will inevitably mean more traffic, which means more pollution.

Vehicles give out in their exhaust very toxic gases, such as nitrogen oxide.

Alongside these, exhaust also gives out very fine particles called Particulate Matter (PMs); some of these are so fine that not only do we breath them in, but they can pass into the blood stream.

Yes, we can require emissions to be monitored, but as we all now know this is far from effective, so what can we do…well extensive research in fairly recent times has proved that trees are one of our biggest weapons in fighting pollution! 

  HOW ?….

The leaves of trees have small microscopic holes in the leaf surfaces..stomata….these actually take in the air, and pollutant gases, absorb these into the tree, and break down the toxic pollutants into safe substances. Quite amazing.

The PM s, the very dangerous minute particles…are trapped by the branches, bark and leaves, once no longer airborne, they are washed to the ground by rain and disappear into the soil instead of our lungs.

Research has shown that if you plant trees in front of homes, measurements inside front rooms show a 60% drop in pollution in the dust and air of that room !

Therefore considerably less for our lungs to take in as we sit watching our TVs.

Researchers looked at health outcomes, the UK has one of the highest rates of asthma in the world!  Living in a tree lined road makes it 7x less likely that you or your children will develop asthma. Pollution also contributes to heart and respiratory failure. Very recent research has indicated that pollution can affect the ability of children to learn, their cognitive abilities are thought to be damaged by pollution.

If this is not enough to convince you to dash out to your local garden centre and buy a tree, or plant a hedge (which can help considerably also), there is more….

Trees absorb run off water by drinking much of it, between 50 to 100 gallons per day !  This then will not run into our drains and increase the risk of flooding in vulnerable areas. Trees also slow the rate that water runs into rivers; their canopy catches rainfall and it falls far more slowly onto the ground, they also soften the verges by growing roots through  the ground.  Because the rain reaches the ground slowly, and can absorb easily into softened grassland, it will not run off the verges into our drains,  and  helps to prevent those flash floods in heavy rainfall.

Trees have also been found to have calming effects on residents, absorb noise , reduce crime and speeding.

Government reports have said that street trees serve us best in capturing this pollution, and that is what we are seeking to do in Chalfont St Peter.

This is the thinking behind our Plant 100 trees project…….

We will begin to plant in the most at risk areas, and carry on planting over the village.

 Cllr Kate Southworth