Twin Trees like in our Twin Town

Earlier this year Friends of the Earth published figures that show tree coverage across the UK. Tree coverage is England is at 12.8%, with just 10% made up by woodland – paling in comparison to the EU where woodland cover stands at 38%.

This report showed that Newbiggin by the Sea has the lowest tree coverage in Northumberland at 5.6% which puts us in the bottom third for tree coverage in rural communities nationally.

As a town council we want to do something to improve this for nature, climate, and health in our community.

Inspired by our Twin Town Remscheid in Germany, the Environmental Committee agreed at a meeting held on Wednesday 6th September to mirror a tree planting project that they have commenced this year.

We have pledged to plant a twin tree in celebration of every new child born in our town – creating woodland for future generations.

We will be requesting details of numbers from the local health centre and discussing suitable locations for planting with Northumberland County Council, planting will take place each winter in a community space.

The Friends of the Earth  report detailing why more trees need to be planted, is attached for information. Trees Report Final 220622.pdf (


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