Tom Wilson of Barcham Trees brought back a positive report following his attendance at the first National Tree Officers Conference, held in Telford, Shropshire, on Thursday 10 November 2016, of which the Cambridgeshire tree nursery was one of the sponsors. He was particularly impressed to learn of an imaginative tree planting scheme in Bristol from one of the day’s speakers.
“This was a day led by practitioners rather than by academics,” said Tom, “and it made for a really informative, interesting event with plenty of information being shared. For me the highlight of the day was the presentation given by Richard Ennion, the environment improvement manager at Bristol City Council. It included news of an innovative tree planting scheme in the city.
“Richard is project lead on the One Tree Per Child Bristol initiative, which is planting 24,000 trees in schools, parks and open spaces across Bristol, and covering the costs of the trees and the tools used for planting them. The scheme does not receive public funding. So far 39,000 trees have been since 2014 and the plan is to plant another 24,000 by 2020.”
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