Council step in with Carbon Offsetting Solution following Widows plea for help


Local Torridge resident Jean Stallard tragically lost her husband just before Christmas last year and contacted the Council with an urgent plea for help. Her husband Eric had been a keen gardener and loved trees to the extent that their rear garden was full of saplings which he had lovingly cultivated.

While Jean had tried to give some away, the sheer number involved, was very overwhelming for her and so she turned to the Council for help. The Councils Ground Maintenance Officer Mike Crocker responded and took away as many trees as he could during a visit, but this still left many more to deal with.

Officers soon realised that this was a great opportunity to make wider use of the trees for storing carbon as part of the Council's carbon reduction plan which is currently being prepared as its response to the Climate Emergency. As a result, officers gave up their own time to collect more than 100 conifers, spruce and mixed deciduous trees. Over 40 have since been planted across the Council's estates, helping to infill where some trees had been lost, and enhancing landscaping in other areas. There are plans to plant another 30 trees in the coming weeks with the remainder being distributed to other groups and organisations. The Council has also initiated its own long term tree planting scheme on its estate.

Councillor Peter Hames - TDC Lead Member for Climate Change said:

"I am very grateful to our Property Services team for organising this collection and re-planting the trees, which will contribute towards the Council's goal of reducing carbon emissions. It is great that the work Mr Stallard started will have such a positive effect that will live on for the benefit of future generations. It is a fitting tribute to his life and his love of nature."

05 February 2020