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15 February 2021

THE PARISH COUNCIL considered a proposal to create a woodland area (blocks of trees with paths) at the rear of the pit wheel fields. It was agreed to defer the matter indefinitely, but members discussed the possibility of working in partnership with Bright Water Landscape Partnership and Durham Wildlife Trust to plant native species trees to help combat climate change and boost wellbeing and wildlife. The Parish Council also agreed to use the funding maximum of £150 awarded by Durham County Council to purchase 80cm [whips] native species such as Beech; Birch; Hawthorn; Hazel; Hornbeam, to be planted at the front area of the pit wheel field, focussing on bulking out existing woodland.

The UK needs millions more trees to reach its 2050 carbon net-zero target. It is hoped that local volunteers may be interested in working with parish councillors to help bring Fishburn nearer this important goal. A unique tree planting campaign across the United Kingdom known as The Queen’s Green Canopy will be created to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022. The Queen’s Green Canopy will be officially launched in May 2021. Further details about the initiative and how to get involved will be announced in due course.

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