1 Million Trees for Norfolk
Norfolk County Council's 1 Million Trees for Norfolk Project
In 2020 Norfolk County Council launched the 1 Million Trees for Norfolk Project, with the aim of planting a million new tree and hedge plants within five years.
One of the main aims of planting 1 million trees is to tackle climate change. Trees remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store the carbon long-term in their woody branches and roots.
Besides helping to sequester atmospheric carbon, trees provide essential habitats and food sources for a diverse range of wildlife.
Being around trees has repeatedly been shown to improve personal well-being.
At the time of writing, in May 2023, about 28% of the goal has been achieved, with over 700,000 trees still to plant.
Beeston & Bittering: 290
Great Dunham: 200
Recording Tree Planting
There are no doubt many trees and hedges that have been planted in our area since November 2019 that could be added to the 1 Million Trees for Norfolk records.
If you have planted any trees or hedges, you can add them using the form on Norfolk CC's project website.
Editors note, 23 May 2023: I have been able to add around 460 trees and hedge plants in the Mileham area which will appear on the map. If you would like details of any of your own tree planting published on this page, please let me know via the contact form.
Information from Norfolk County Council
What Norfolk County Council are doing
Norfolk County Council launched the 1 Million Trees for Norfolk project in November 2020.
The aim is to plant 1 million trees across Norfolk in the next five years. We will do this with:
1 million trees represents more than one tree per resident (population of 908,000 in 2019).
This project will help us achieve net zero carbon by 2030. This goal is part of NCC's Environmental Policy.
How we will do it
We aim to establish trees in many ways, including:
Planting new trees
Better management of existing trees (such as ‘releasing’ trees from hedgerows)
Natural regeneration (self-seeding)
You can download the project's Tree Planting and Resilience Strategy (pdf) to read how we will plant the trees.
Why Norfolk’s trees and hedges are important
Our trees are important because:
They help tackle climate change by storing carbon
They offer cool, shady areas and absorb pollutants
A mix of species will help Norfolk adapt to future climate change, pests and diseases
Volunteering as well as planting and caring for trees helps boost well-being
They create valuable green spaces for local people
If you plant trees and hedges properly, it creates safe and diverse wildlife corridors that link and protect habitats
They stabilise soil and protect against wind damage
They reduce surface water run-off, flooding and snowdrift
Trees can provide us with food crops and other useful materials