Maidstone Rotary Club seeks ideas for planting trees in Hollingbourne.

Hollingbourne Parish Council has received a request from the Rotary Club of Maidstone Riverside for suggestions for suitable locations for the planting of trees in the Parish. Please Read More for the message that has been received. 

At a recent meeting with Councillors Tony Harwood and Steven Mumford I agreed that I would contact Parish Councillors within the Maidstone Borough area with a view to establishing the availability of green spaces where trees could be planted; the aim being to improve air quality and the local environment and also to assist the Maidstone Borough Council in their target of becoming carbon neutral by the year 2030.

Following the Council’s recognition of the global and climate emergencies, and being aware of the availability of native trees from the Woodlands Trust, members of Rotary in Maidstone considered the possibility of combining these two opportunities and, with the help of other organisations and local communities, putting some action into the words in support of the Borough Council.

The Woodland Trust aims to plant 64 million trees over the next ten years but they also state that many more are in danger from pests and diseases from abroad so clearly there is a lot to be done. I am also aware that the Borough has allocated £60,000 for rural tree planting.

If we can identify areas in and around the Borough where trees can be planted we will be in a position to liaise with the Trust in respect of the right species and numbers so that we can help in greening the Borough, and improving air quality and the environment generally for the people of Maidstone.

I am writing to you to ask if you and your fellow Parish Councillors could consider sites in your parish where this would be practicable and acceptable. Should this involve the community then all the better as it would be part of our aim to enlist the support of communities to help ensure the longevity of this project.

I hope this is something you will be able to help with and Ii look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely

Norman Springett

Rotary Club of Maidstone Riverside

The matter will be discussed at the next Hollingbourne Parish Council Meeting in the Cardwell Pavilion on Monday 12th November which starts at 7.30pm. Any suggestions for sites in Hollingbourne should be sent to the Parish Clerk at pchollingbourne@gmail.com Alternatively please contact any member of the Parish Council.

The Woodland Trust manages the Hucking Estate at the top of Hollingbourne Hill and their website is https://shop.woodlandtrust.org.uk/

Reproduced below is the logo of the Woodland Trust.

The logo of the Woodland Trust – a registered charity.