Planting project at Stoughton Recreation Ground completed

Trees, shrubs and bulbs have been planted at the Stoughton Recreation Ground for everyone visiting in the future to enjoy. It was part of a planting project which started in 2019 as part of Surrey's Greener Future Design Challenge.

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

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 so much to help to bring about the planting of new trees and greenery on Stoughton Recreational Ground. From a climate and nature aspect, it's great to see this project come to life." 

A grant was awarded from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government and was supported by the Emmanuel's Eco Church Group, Surrey County Council and RHS who gave £500 towards the project.  The funding covered the cost of trees and shrubs, plant protection, 10,000 bulbs and watering for three years to help the trees to establish. Our Parks and Countryside teams pledged their time, advice, expertise, labour and watering services and supplied all the bulbs for the project. 

The new trees include a variety of heritage fruit trees, 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.  

Councillor for Stoughton Ward, Cllr Pauline Searle says: 

"This is a fantastic project and we have seen such great community spirit. Our local residents are looking forward to seeing the new plants develop and offer new food sources and habitats as well as helping to combat air pollution." 

Cllr Julia McShane, Lead Councillor for the Community says:  

"I would like to thank everyone involved in making this happen. Our green spaces are so important, especially so through this pandemic and I am sure that the communities around the recreation ground will benefit greatly from this project. We know how important these spaces are for our health and wellbeing and this planting to enhance the environment and encourage nature to move in is really exciting. I can't wait for the better weather and to be able to gather with others to enjoy Stoughton Rec again." 

Published Wednesday 10 February