Galtres Festival cash supports TREEMENDOUS launch

Groups in York are branching out to make the city greener, healthier, more sustainable and even more attractive by planting 50,000 trees - with funding from Galtres Festival and other partners.

Treemendous York is a new initiative set up with the support of City of York Council (working with York Tree Wardens), Edible York, BTCV, Wheatlands Community Woodland, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Woodland Trust and York Environment Forum.

Councillor James Alexander, Leader of City of York Council, said: “Treemendous York is a fantastic idea and a practical opportunity for community groups, businesses and residents to come together and make a lasting investment in our beautiful city.”

Everyone who bought tickets for this year's Galtres Festival was invited to pay an additional £5 to fund tree planting, as a voluntary carbon tax. Through this initiative £1,500 for Treemendous was raised which will pay for 300 trees to be planted in York.

"Thank you to everyone who funded a tree with their ticket purchase," said James Houston, festival director. "You have helped make York a greener and more beautiful place. And as a festival we are delighted to support Treemendous now at its launch and in years to come - we hope to help you reach your goal of 50,000 trees."

Kate Lock from the York Environment Forum brought together the many community groups working under the Treemendous York banner. “We all look forward to working with York residents and the council to help to transform our city by tree planting wherever we can: whether in people’s front gardens, in our public spaces or by our roadsides,” she said.

“We are confident that under this initiative York will be vastly greener in 20 years’ time: something for us and future generations to look forward to.”

There are many ways in which local residents can get involved including donating trees, helping to plant them and dealing with their after care, giving land for planting and suggesting locations for more planting.

Treemendous York presents an opportunity for businesses to demonstrate their green credentials too. To accelerate the initiative’s growth, local businesses have already pledged their support and more are being encouraged to come forward. First to sponsor the project, alongside Galtres Festival, are the Helmsley Group, Wykeham Mature Plants, B&Q York and Sleightholm Landscapes.

Leaflets explaining how to get involved in Treemendous York will be distributed in libraries, City of York Council’s customer service centres reception at 9 St Leonard’s Place and other public buildings around the city. Anyone interested in the initiative is encouraged to pledge their support by emailing:community.planning@york.gov.uk or completing the form on the leaflet and returning it by freepost. More information is available at www.york.gov.uk or by calling 01904 551474.

12 Oct 2011