New community woodland for Shoeburyness

Published Thursday, 26th September 2019

View of Sports Field

As part of its commitment to plant more trees and work with communities to do so, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is asking residents of to help them plant a new community woodland in Shoeburyness.

A green space on Elm Road Shoeburyness, known locally as Elm Road Sportsground, is the location for the woodland, which will be planted out and maintained by working with the local community over a number of years.

The council is also planning to introduce a woodland tree donation pack so that individuals, groups and businesses can support the project by funding young trees and helping with their planting.

On Tuesday 16 September, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s cabinet confirmed that the council would be investing in planting 1,000 new standard trees in the borough over the next three planting seasons, in addition to its planned planting and replacement programme. At the same time, cabinet endorsed the council’s approach to developing a new tree strategy for the borough, with a focus on maintaining and enhancing the borough’s tree canopy cover.

Cllr Carole Mulroney, cabinet member for environment and planning, said: “I am deeply passionate about trees and the important role they play in acting as part of the green lungs of the town as well as enhancing the local environment.

“Since coming into administration, I have been in regular discussions and meetings with others in the town who share this passion and I hope that launching these new initiatives so quickly shows that we are putting our money where our mouth is when it comes to the environment.

“I hope the community woodland will be a popular project that captures the imagination of young and old alike and gets us all thinking about the role we can play in helping improve our local environment.

“The planting of trees now is an investment in the future of the town and I hope that our town’s children will take pride and joy in seeing them steadily grow over the years.

The introduction of the new woodland tree donation pack builds on the already popular donate-a-tree scheme and will support those who want to get involved.

Anyone who would like to comment on the creation of a community woodland at Elm Road can contact the council via email.