Cornwall Council has said it is saying a big thank you to everyone who has helped plant trees for the Forest for Cornwall so far.

With the 2021-22 planting season now complete more than 300,000 trees have been put in the ground in woods, parks, farms, community spaces, schools, streets and gardens across Cornwall since 2019.

Every tree planted counts towards the 8,000-hectare Forest for Cornwall – equivalent to up to 15,000 football pitches – which the council say is key to helping Cornwall reach its goal to become carbon neutral.

Falmouth Packet: Cllr Linda Taylor with pupils and staff at St Ives SchoolCllr Linda Taylor with pupils and staff at St Ives School

Cabinet member for environment and climate change Councillor Martyn Alvey said: "We want to say a huge thank you to all of you who have gone out in all weathers to plant trees in your communities as part of our Forest for Cornwall.

"This important initiative is making fantastic progress and key to absorbing Cornwall’s carbon emissions and reducing our impact on the planet.

"But it can only happen if, with our support, you as communities, organisations, farmers and individuals help get trees in the ground and grow our canopy cover.  

Falmouth Packet: Landulph Parish Tree PlantingLandulph Parish Tree Planting

"We also want to thank the range of partnership organisations who have contributed funding, trees and staff time, with particular thanks to the Woodland Trust, Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Defra and the Forestry Commission.

"With the summer months now is the time to give extra water, care and attention to the trees you’ve planted and start planning for the next planting season in the autumn.

"And if you haven’t already done so, please let us know about any trees you have planted so we can make sure they’re registered on our Forest for Cornwall website."