More trees to combat climate change - Essex CC backs Lib Dem call

October 9, 2019 9:39 PM

Grange treesEssex County Council today agreed to follow the lead already announced by Lib Dem-led Chelmsford City Council, and plant large numbers of trees to combat climate change.

At a meeting of the full county council on Tuesday 8th October, there was near unanimous support for a motion proposed by the Lib Dems calling on local government to lead on moving Britain to be zero carbon. Unfortunately, though, the Conservative majority removed from the motion a specific commitment to use County Council owned land for trees.

Moving the motion, Cllr Jude Deakin (Chelmsford West) said, "It is vital that local councils lead the way on real action to combat climate change. Planting trees is a vital way to absorb CO2. Lib Dem-led Chelmsford Council has declared a climate and ecology emergency and pledged to plant one tree for every resident over the next ten years. The Essex County Council commitment is currently less than one quarter of that; I hope they will catch up with Chelmsford."