Councillor’s tree plan for Mossley is beginning to take root

THE green shoots of an idea to plant 1,000 trees across Mossley in the next decade is starting to take root.

Cllr Dean Aylett

And over the coming months town councillor Dean Aylett hopes his proposal will start to blossom into reality.

“This is part of a proposal I made two or three years ago that got blasted out of the water,” he told Town Council colleagues at their December meeting at the George Lawton Hall.

“But it is a proposal to improve Mossley and it is there for life. 

“It is going to make a difference and better Mossley, I don’t think anyone can dispute that.

“The plan is we plant the trees whether in a garden or on open land. 

“The fact is Mossley Council will have planted 1,000 trees. Where they are is irrelevant as long as they are in Mossley.”

Under his proposals, final year junior school leavers throughout the town would be given a sapling to plant in a garden or designated open space.

“That’s approximately 100 children a year so over a 10-year period that would be 1000 trees,” added Cllr Aylett, a former Mayor of Mossley.

“That can’t be a bad thing for Mossley.”

Cllr Chris Lyness said: “As part of the plan we would need to know where the trees are going.

“The way some areas of land are being sold and built on, we would have to be very careful where they go.”

In the last few months, 50,000 trees have been planted by 10,000 members of the public as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, a network of global forest conservation initiatives to mark Her Majesty’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth.

The free tree giveaway was made possible by a partnership between the Woodland Trust, Sainsbury’s and ITV. 

Each specially-labelled tree pack contained five UK-sourced and grown native broadleaf trees – two silver birch, two rowan, and a hazel. 

Under Cllr Aylett’s plan, the saplings, costing an estimated £10 each, would be funded from Town Council coffers and provision included in the next year’s budget.

Town Council clerk Mike Iveson plus Cllrs Frank Travis and Ellie Shember-Critchley suggested engagement with community groups could also be a way to proceed with the scheme.

Mr Iveson said: “It is an interesting concept, particularly giving trees to children leaving school.

“Perhaps every child would receive a form and asked if they or their parents wanted to plant a tree. 

“The forms could then be grouped together, handed to a community organisation who would arrange for them to get a tree.

“That way you are not giving every child a tree and saying ‘go out and plant it.’ 

“There are a lot of gardens that could do with the odd tree,” agreed Cllr Travis. 

“Even if we didn’t do it ourselves, it might be we allow a community group to take it on board and grant aiding thm so they are working on our behalf to deliver it.”

Cllr Shember-Critchley added: “It might be worth approaching Mossley Makes to see if they are interested in the project and if they are not they might be able to suggest people who could administer it.”

Cllr Aylett concluded: “I haven’t put in a written proposal yet. 

“All I was asking is it is considered for the next budget. And if it is moving forward, that’s good.”

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