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New Trees to be planted on Stoughton Recreation Ground to help tackle Climate Change

New trees, shrubs and bulbs will be planted on Stoughton Recreation Ground this winter as part of Surrey County Council's Greener Future Design Challenge.

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The Eco Team at Stoughton's Emmanuel Church are one of ten winners of the challenge, issued in Autumn 2019, which invited Surrey residents, businesses and students to submit ideas on how they could work with their local community to tackle climate change.

The project, to plant trees at Stoughton Recreation Ground, has received support from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), who have committed £500 along with expert advice. A further grant has been donated by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) to cover the cost of trees and shrubs, plant protection, 10,000 bulbs and watering for three years to help the trees to establish. Surrey County Council have also committed some funding to the project. Our Parks and Countryside teams have also pledged their time, advice, expertise, labour and watering services and are supplying all the bulbs for the project.

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Lead Councillor for the Environment, Cllr James Steel says:

"The residents of Stoughton and Westborough strive to get things done and it's a testament of their work that they have achieved to bring about the planting of new trees  and greenery on Stoughton Recreational Ground. From a Climate aspect and as the Ward Councillor for Westborough, I'm pleased to see this project moving from strength to strength."

Councillor for Stoughton Ward, Cllr Pauline Searle says:

"This is a fantastic project and we have seen such great community spirit. Our local residents hope that biodiversity and nature will improve on the recreation ground and that the increased greenery will help with air pollution."

The planned trees to be planted include a variety of heritage fruit trees will be planted in the area including a number which are local to Surrey. These varieties have been specially selected to yield fruit over the whole growing season, and to also provide nectar for insects throughout the whole season.

The planting of trees to the south of the football pitches will improve drainage and provide some much-needed shade for picnickers, dog walkers and other visitors to the Recreation Ground. The addition of trees near the Stoughton Pre-School car park will provide further shade and visual appeal. The small cluster of trees to the north-west of the Rec will also be expanded with more trees being planted along with under-planting with bulbs. The tree planting will take place this Winter.

For further information on the consultation, please visit the new Green Lungs for Stoughton Rec Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/GreenLungsStoughtonRec/.

Published Friday 27 November.