Planting 100 new trees by 2020
PLANTING 100 NEW TREES BY 2020 CAMPAIGN
What trees do for us
- There are 29,000 premature deaths in the UK caused by air pollution.
- The UK has one of the highest asthma rates in Europe, 15% of our children.
- Air pollution damages lungs and leads to more heart disease. Research shows traffic fumes to be neurotoxicants and damaging to children’s ability to learn.
- Planting trees is a scientifically proven answer to fighting air pollution.
- Trees absorb dangerous gases and trap damaging particulates.
- A simple row of trees in front of a home or school has been shown in research to reduce pollution inside homes by up to 60%
- Adults and children are seven time less likely to develop Asthma if they live in a tree lined road.
- Trees reduce flooding, absorbing about 60% of run-off water from rainfall.
- Tree lined roads have higher property values, about 15% more.
- Two trees release enough oxygen for one person.
- Trees calm people, reduce speeding and criminal behaviour.
What we are doing
- The Parish Council feels we have a responsibility to act and we plan to plant 100 new trees by 2020.
- This will be achieved through a combination of sponsorships and patronage, commercial and private donations, community grants, legacy donations etc.
- The estimated cost for 100 new trees is circa £25,000 (£250 per tree)
- We plan to plant trees initially in the areas most affected by proposed building and HS2 traffic
- The intention is to plant on roadside verges as the best place to plant to mitigate pollution effects
- A launch competition has been run, with the overall winning entry being announced at Feast Day and being used as imagery for the campaign.
Winning image chosen for Parish Council Plant 100 trees campaign
- Lilly, a ten year old pupil at Chalfont St Peter Academy had her beautiful picture of a tree chosen from over 75 entries as the image to be used by Chalfont St Peter Parish Council’s Plant 100 trees campaign and received £125 in gift vouchers as her prize from local Councillors Michael Day and Kate Southworth.
- Louise Roffey, a teacher at Chalfont St Peter Academy school and Head Mistress Elizabeth Underwood said that the children, after watching the Parish Council campaign video, were amazed by the facts they learnt about how much trees benefit us all and had all been highly motivated to enter the campaign competition.
- Daniel, Tia and Emily were highly commended and each received £25 gift vouchers.
Chalfont St Peter Parish Council have launched a tree planting campaign to help the environment, reduce pollution and improve the aesthetics of the village.
- Concerned about the ever increasing pollution from traffic, and in view of the proposed construction that is to take place locally over the next few years, the Parish Council are hoping to raise enough money from local businesses and residents, to plant trees alongside roads in the village, where their ability to absorb dangerous toxins from exhaust fumes will be most beneficial. The prizes were provided by the Parish Council and local business Integra Property Services.
- Roadside trees can reduce the pollution in your home by 60%.
- A video we have produced called trees benefit to health and environment can be viewed here:
- The Council are asking everyone to consider donating whatever they can to their Tree Fund, simply out of a wish to make this a healthier, more beautiful village, or perhaps as a celebration of an important occasion, or in memory of someone or an event.
- All donations will be recorded in a donations book which will be held in the Parish Council Offices, and any message to accompany a donation can be noted alongside the name.
- The campaign aims to raise £25,000 in order to plant 100 trees. Anyone donating £250 will be credited with having donate a tree and will have a page dedicated to that donation in the book.
- All contributions however small, will be gratefully received and anyone who would like to make a contribution can contact the Parish Council on 01753 891582, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or post a cheque to, Chalfont St Peter Parish Council Gravel Hill, Chalfont St Peter, SL9 9QX
How you can help
- There is a “100 Trees by 2020 for Chalfont St Peter” book, into which all donations will be recorded. Anyone donating funding for a complete tree (£250) will get a page allocated to them with any special message requested by the donor entered. This book will be on display at the council offices.
- If someone wishes to donate the whole amount for a tree, and requests a particular spot, this request will be considered under the Donated tree scheme. Trees will not be marked and “anniversary” displays will not be allowed.
- Donations, no matter how small, are now being sought.
- Please contact the Clerk for further information
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.
Councillors, Sponsors, tree Guardians and public attending the official tree planting event.
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!
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