Broxtowe: Celebrations as last of 100,000 tree target planted

Schoolchildren helped mark a historic day this week as they helped plant the 100,000th tree in Broxtowe, reaching the council’s target to plant 100,000 trees by 2016.

Mayor of Broxtowe, councillor Susan Bagshaw, joined the Y5 children from Springbank Primary School to plant the 100,000th tree in Jubilee Park, Eastwood.

The tree is one of three large English Oaks and 100 smaller mixed native trees to be planted at the park.

Mayor Bagshaw said: “It was a great honour to be involved in this tree planting event.

“Oak trees are one of the most well known and loved tree, so it is fitting that we should mark such a momentous occasion by planting one to reach our target.”

Leader of Broxtowe council and portfolio holder for Environment and Economic Development, Councillor Richard Jackson, said: “This event is a very proud occasion for both the council and Broxtowe and marks five years of hard work to achieve our ambitious target to plant 100,000 trees in the Borough.

“Protecting and enhancing the environment is a priority for the council and I am so pleased that we have reached our 100,000 target.

Broxtowe is part of Greenwood Community Forest, which aims to increase tree cover in Nottinghamshire.

Malcolm Hackett, Greenwood’s senior practitioner said: “Broxtowe’s target of 100,000 more trees showed great vision for the district and completing the planting this month is testimony to a lot of work by the many local people who got involved.

“Greenwood has been pleased to support this effort and we are looking forward to seeing these trees grow to their full potential and helping more people to enjoy their local woodlands and green spaces.”