Council Puts Down Roots For A Greener Future

A newly planted English Oak sapling is thriving in Cirencester thanks to a pledge to save paper by Cotswold District Council.

A tree planting ceremony took place at the Kingsmeadow Tesco site on Thursday March 11th to mark Cotswold District Council’s success in achieving a 5% reduction in paper use last Autumn.

Councillors Mark Tufnell and Geoffrey Adams, who is also the mayor of Cirencester, ensured that the Quercus Robur sapling was firmly in place before entrusting it to Cirencester’s tree wardens.

Councillor Tufnell, the Council’s Lead Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, commented: "It’s always great to see a new tree being planted – and the reason for this one is a source of great pride.

"I’m very grateful to the Council’s Green Champions for their efforts in encouraging staff to cut back on printing, and to the Tree Wardens, who I’m sure will do a great job nurturing this splendid tree."

The tree planting had originally been scheduled for December 2009 but bad weather had seen the event postponed.

Across the Cotswolds, CDC owns in excess of 2000 trees, with approximately half in the Cirencester area, while there are also more than 70 sites containing trees in the District.

These trees are located in a variety of locations, including cemeteries, car parks and near leisure centres.

Posted: 15/03/2010 17:39:47

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