Funding for seventy new trees won by Ipswich Borough Council

Published3rd November 2021

Success by Ipswich Borough Council in winning funding from the Forestry Commission’s Urban Tree Challenge Fund means that we will be planting 70 trees in town, all 3-4 metres in height, and doing so before April 2022.

Trees will be planted across the town in places with limited open space and/or canopy cover. Most of these trees will be planted in spaces adjoining or sometimes in school premises.

The Urban Tree Challenge Fund started this year and is part of the Government’s Nature for Climate Fund. This is supporting the planting of 44,000 large ‘standard’ trees across the country between now and 2023.

Cllr Phil Smart, Ipswich Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Environment, says:

“It’s very appropriate that whilst world leaders meet at COP26 in Glasgow to discuss environment change globally, in Ipswich we are progressing our Green agenda locally, such as through the planting of dozens of  trees.

“We shall be planting these across Ipswich, particularly in areas besides or in schools and so supporting the connection with nature for all and especially for children and young people. Children or local wildlife groups will be involved in the planting and upkeep of the trees.”

List of sites:

  • Waterford Road                                                        
  • Bramford Lane Open Space                                     
  • Birkfield Drive (opposite Stone Lodge Park)            
  • Birkfield Drive (by St. Joseph’s)                                
  • Downham Boulevard                                                
  • Gainsborough Sports Centre                                   
  • Ellenbrook Open Space