More trees, please – county tells town and parish councils

Town and parish councils across Devon are being encouraged to dig in and join a tree planting initiative to reduce the impact of Ash dieback and help tackle the climate emergency.

Devon County Council is calling on local councils to help plant trees on town and parish-owned land across the county.

At its series of town and parish council highway conferences, which resume later this week, the authority will be reminding people of the 3:2:1 tree planting rule being promoted by the Devon Ash Dieback Resilience Forum.

This aims to plant at least three new trees for every large one lost, two for every medium sized one, and one for each small one.

The first of this year’s town and parish conferences will be held on tomorrow (October 4) at the Kenn Centre in Kennford.

There will also be an opportunity at the conferences to find out more about managing verges for wildlife, and the County Council’s highway neighbourhood officers and civil parking enforcement team will be on hand. Information will also be available on the roadwork permit scheme which Devon County Council is aiming to introduce next year to meet the Department for Transport’s new directive.

‘Plant more trees’

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “Towns and parishes have made a huge difference in recent years in their communities by taking on some of the work which supports the county council’s work in maintaining our highway network.

“These parish conferences have helped us establish successful partnerships through Community Road Wardens, Snow Wardens and P3 schemes and hopefully we can work together on tree planting in the county. Local towns and parishes can play a vital role in joining our collective effort to plant more trees across Devon.”

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Councillor with responsibility for Environmental Services, said: “We know that Ash dieback will have a big impact on our county so we’re keen for people countywide to help replace the trees that will be lost.

“This will also contribute to tackling the climate emergency and meeting our commitment for the county to be carbon neutral. Planting trees is something that communities across Devon can help play a part in. By encouraging other native trees to grow, we can ensure we have more trees to store carbon, support wildlife, reduce flood risk, and contribute to the County’s natural beauty.”

Devon County Council and the Devon Ash Dieback Resilience Forum are encouraging people to make use of the planting schemes offered by The Woodland Trust.

Free tree packs are available for schools and communities, while landowners looking to plant more than 500 trees can access grants and funding schemes through the conservation charity. Find out more on the Woodland Trust website.

Find out more

For more information, advice and support about Ash dieback in Devon, including advice on appropriate tree selection to replace ash trees, engaging a contractor, and a farmers information sheet, visit

Anyone interested in attending any of the town and parish council highway conferences should email

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