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First of 1.2 million new trees planted

Published: 15 October 2019

1.2million trees in Surrey

One tree for every Surrey resident

As part of Surrey's greener future, Surrey County Council launched an exciting new project to plant a new tree for every Surrey resident by 2030. On Saturday 5 October, the first of 1.2 million trees were planted at the Surrey Hills Wood Fair in Cranleigh.

Among the first to plant trees were Surrey County Council Chairman, Tony Samuels and Leader of the Council Tim Oliver, joined by the Mayor of Waverley, Mary Foryszewski and the High Sheriff of Surrey Bridget Biddell (pictured).

Mike Goodman, Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste said, "Trees have a big part to play in the reduction of greenhouse gases. They purify the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, provide a home for wildlife and improve the local environment. Planting these trees are part of our commitment to tackle climate change in Surrey, and we're planning to plant them in all our towns, villages and rural areas over the coming years."

Despite the rain, the turnout at the fair was good and lots of residents were there to support the special event. Tilhill Forestry who is working in partnership with Surrey County Council gave one tree for every family to take home on the day to plant and watch it grow.

If you would like to find out more about how Surrey County Council is tackling climate change and how you can help, visit the Greener Future webpage.

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