At the heart of the Town Council’s Climate Emergency work is the importance of trees - both the planting of new trees and the protection of existing. Trees plays a huge role in locking up carbon, including the living wood, roots, leaves, deadwood, surrounding soils and its associated vegetation. And, trees do more than just capture carbon they also fight the cruel effects of a changing climate. They can help prevent flooding, reduce temperatures, reduce pollution, and keep soil nutrient rich.

The Town Council has recently been awarded a Tree Council grant which will provide a significant number of new trees; these will be planted at The Hollow at the Parklands, Stoven Close play area, Rosedale Park and Clarke’s Meadow. Gunton Community Park and Gunton Drive Pond area. We are very keen to hear from any groups, especially those whose members are young people, who would be interested in planting, watering and caring for these new trees. This could be the basis of an interesting and worthwhile project with the Town Council and Tree Council supporting the project.

Do you have a favourite tree in Lowestoft? Why is it special to you? Do you have any photographs of unusual trees which you can submit to the Town Council. All this information will be used in the Tree Event we are planning later this year.