Mendip marks climate milestone with a great green giveaway

Mendip District Council is to gift all its staff and councillors two trees each.

A range of species from native to fruit trees will be offered as part of the great green giveaway. Placement of each gifted tree will be the responsibility of staff and councillors, with guidance given as to where and how to plant them.

In addition, the Council has also pledged to plant a tree for each councillor and employee on its own land, each year.  Mendip Landscape

The two schemes will see a combined total of 570 trees made available annually - a total of 2,280 during the next four years - leading to a carbon saving of 50 tonnes annually within just a few years of planting.

Details were revealed and endorsed by members at a meeting of Full Council this week (Monday, 24th February) on the eve of the first anniversary of the Council's Climate Emergency declaration.

Cllr Tom Ronan, Portfolio Holder for Climate Change at Mendip District Council, said: "I am delighted to be able to announce these giveaways. They recognise the role each and every one of us - councillors, staff, and even our office site - play in being seen to lead by example on these important matters.

"It's an opportunity to practically promote the council's commitment and engage our communities to act themselves. We all need to work together on this."

Leader of Mendip District Council, Cllr Ros Wyke, said: "We will continue to work hard towards the challenging target of being CO2 neutral by 2030. These planting schemes seem a fitting milestone to mark the declaration date."

Last year, Mendip District Council declared a Climate Emergency. It pledged to make Mendip carbon neutral by 2030. Since then, the Council has made climate change one of its key Corporate Priorities. It has created a new portfolio of Strategic Policy and Climate Change, and established a cross party group to oversee the delivery of the actions required to meet the central aim of the declaration. A Resilience and Climate Change Officer has also been appointed. This officer recently published the district's CO2 baseline report, presented at Cabinet in January and was the first stage of developing Mendip District's own Carbon Management Plan.

Have your say on climate change. Mendip District Council is holding two Climate Emergency Drop-in events.The first is at Frome Town Hall on Tuesday 3rd March and Wells Town Hall, Thursday 19th March. Both events run from 6pm-9pm. All welcome.

Information about the consultations, plus an online survey can be found here: www.mendip.gov.uk/climatesurvey

Checkout the Council's new website: www.mendip.gov.uk/climatechange

You can read Mendip District Council's report in full here: Climate Emergency Baseline Evidence