Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Amber Valley’s “Forest For The Future”

Image: location of forest in Belper

Amber Valley’s “forest for the future” plans would involve 40 acres of new woodland in 16 locations around the borough.

Announced last week, Amber Valley Borough Council aims to plant between 2,500 and 5,000 trees a year for between five and 10 years at the proposed locations.

An overall cost of the scheme and continued maintenance is not yet “quantifiable” but the council has freed up £25,000 to make a start on this project and other climate change measures.

The council has now revealed the 16 proposed locations, most of which include planting covering less than half a hectare, or 5,000 square metres.

A number of trees will also be planted within areas of open space around the borough.

Its smallest proposed plot is just 0.10 hectares (1,000 square metres) off Bonnington Drive, in Somercotes.
Meanwhile, the largest site is five hectares (12.4 acres) off Alfreton Road in Codnor.

The Codnor site had been part of a proposed addition to council’s now pulled Local Plan – a blueprint for future development – as either housing or as a permanent traveller camp.

Here is the full list of proposed tree planting sites:

Bonnington Drive, Somercotes – 0.10 hectares

Crays Hill Park, Swanwick – 0.30 hectares

Highfield Plantation, Alfreton – 1 hectare

Riddings Park – 0.25 hectares

Bargate Recreation Ground, Belper – 0.25 hectares

Ecclesbourne Meadow, Duffield – 0.60 hectares

Barnes Wallis Recreation Ground, Ripley – 0.20 hectares

Snowberry Ave, Belper – 0.85 hectares

Aldreds Lane, Langley Mill – 2.30 hectares

Charles Hill Playing Field, Loscoe – 0.15 hectares

High Holborn Road, Codnor – 5 hectares

Land at Lee Lane, Langley Mill – 2.20 hectares

Hammersmith Recreation Ground, Ripley – 0.30 hectares

Sir Barnes Wallis Recreation Ground, Ripley – 0.45 hectares

Street Lane Recreation Ground, Denby – 0.50 hectares

Waingroves Recreation Ground – 0.20 hectares

Miscellaneous tree planting within open spaces – 1.35 hectares in total

The authority says in its report, discussed at the full council on Wednesday, September 25, that: “A sustained 5-to-10 year programme of tree planting of between 2,500 to 5,000 trees per year, would see the transformation of the above areas into a network of community woodlands and orchards (where appropriate), forming the Amber Valley Forest for the Future, which in addition to sequestering carbon, would also provide valuable recreational and wildlife areas.”

Its proposed planting, it says, would be capable of “sequestering” 6,400 tonnes of carbon, the equivalent of six years of the council’s carbon emissions.

The authority says that further tree planting could be possible to connect some of the proposed sites and provide “valuable wildlife corridors and a more coherent forest infrastructure”.

It says this would require, in particular, the participation of the county council to plant trees on highway verges and the assistance of schools and town and parish councils.

Eddie Bisknell (LDRS)

Eddie writes for Nailed through the Local Democracy Reporting Service, in partnership with the BBC. The Local Democracy Reporting Service is a partnership of media outlets sharing reporters to cover council meetings.

4 thoughts on “Amber Valley’s “Forest For The Future”

  • Sue Kerry

    Where on earth on Snowberry Ave are they going to plant 0.85 Hectares of trees?

  • Dave Wells, Amber Valley Green Party

    I welcome the proposed tree-planting programme; the trees planted now will begin to have a net carbon reduction effect in a few years, and will certainly have a beneficial effect in the longer term, beyond 2030. And I urge schools, parish and town councils, Derbyshire County Council and private landowners to join the scheme; we need many more trees.
    I also welcome the fact that AVBC is looking beyond the CO2 created directly by the council, by giving consideration to its supply chain and using contracting arrangements with suppliers to accelerate the carbon reduction of those suppliers. We as a council need to lead and influence in as many areas as possible. Business as usual is not an option.

  • Anne Clark

    Fantastic news, looking forward to the forest near us.

  • Janet Cawser

    Absolutely great news. Wonderful to see AVBC taking the initiative. Seen enough land developers pursuing their own profits without a thought to community.

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