Cambourne Village College pupils and volunteers help plant hedgerow around Great Cambourne cricket pitch
Volunteers and school pupils helped plant hedgerows and trees around the edge of the Great Cambourne cricket pitch.
More than 1,200 plants and trees were put in the ground, paid for via a zero carbon communities grant of £2,538 from South Cambridgeshire District Council to Cambourne Town Council.
The planting will help achieve a 419kg reduction in carbon dioxide each year as they reach maturity, while also providing a wind break to aid cricketers and preventing balls leaving the field.
Thirty Cambourne Village College students lent a hand to the town and district councils last Friday, planting about 300 specimens in two hours.
Working in teams, they dug the holes, dunked the plants into nutrient paste before planting them, then ensured each one had a cane and spiral guard to protect it.
During half-term, volunteers were invited to continue the work. Four adults and two children helped out.
Jessica Lydon, who looks after community development for the town council, said: “Without their efforts, the ground staff would have probably spent a few more days planting, so they were a great help.”
John Vickery, town clerk for Cambourne Town Council, said: “The Zero Carbon Community grant offers a great opportunity for town and parish councils to work with the district council to reduce the carbon footprint.”
“We would like to thank South Cambridgeshire District Council for the grant, and Cllr Aidan Van de Weyer for attending to plant one of the trees and welcome the support of the pupils from Cambourne Village College.”
Cllr Van de Weyer, deputy leader of the district council, said: “We’ve given out more than £120,000 in grants to 19 different community projects that are all aiming to help reduce carbon emissions and it’s excellent to see that Cambourne Town Council have put the funding to use so quickly. We’re determined to be green to our core and our zero carbon communities scheme is one way we can help local residents who want to tackle the climate emergency we face.”
New applications for grants are expected to open later this year.
The Cambridge Independent is campaigning for 10,000 native trees and hedges to be planted in Cambridgeshire - one of the least wooded places in Europe - this year.