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Creating a community woodland in Exeter

Published: 28 February 2020

Cllr David Harvey (right) plants the first tree at Monkerton

Volunteers will be planting a community woodland in Exeter this weekend.

The planting was started off by Lead Councillor for Environment and City Management, Cllr David Harvey.

On Friday and Saturday volunteers will plant 2,000 trees as part of the Monkerton Ridge Plan in Pinhoe.

The woodland creation site was recently adopted by the City Council from a developer in order to provide green space for the local community.

The Council is working in partnership with Trees for Cities to create a new community woodland that will be publically accessible and provide a number of benefits to not just local people but to the wider area.

A 2018 I-tree Canopy Cover Assessment revealed that Exeter’s Canopy Cover is 24.5%, which is above average for UK towns and Cities.

The City Council recognises the great importance of trees and woodlands. Cllr David Harvey, Lead Councillor for Environment and City Management, said: “Trees not only benefit the environment and also provide valuable habitats for wildlife and biodiversity, they also deliver recognised benefits to mental health and wellbeing.”

Exeter City Council has set itself an ambitious target of reaching 30% canopy cover by 2040. In order to reach this target there needs to be a concerted effort from the council as well as other land owners within the city, to not only look after existing trees, but also to increase tree planting where there is the opportunity to do so.

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