We have had to change the way that some of our services operate to meet the guidelines set out by the government in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
As part of our ongoing commitment to tackling climate change and improving the local environment, new trees are being planted at a range of sites across the bay.
Benefits of tree planting include:
- Improving air quality
- helping keep our homes cool
- provide timber, wood and fibre products
- offer opportunities for people to reconnect with nature
- provide spaces to improve health and wellbeing
- help to reduce flood risk
- reduce the costs of water treatment
Sites for tree planting in Torbay during 2021
Existing cabbage palms are being removed and replaced with 37 new Sweetgum trees (Liquidambar styriciflua), which will be more sustainable and better for the local environment in the long term. The scheme is being funded from mitigation money received as part of the ongoing Torbay Hospital development and not from Council Tax or our revenue budget.
Around 150 Giant Redwood (also known as Wellingtonia and Sequoiadendron giganteum) are being planted along the north side of Riveria Way between the Hamelin Way Junction and the Brown Bridge Road junction and along the south of Riveria Way between Browns Bridge footpath and the Newton Road junction. Some of it will be planted on our land while Cavanna Homes has agreed to allow 60 of the trees to be planted on its land.
Tree planting forms a key part of the Torquay Town Investment Plan improvements to Upton Park. There will also be enhancements to the park’s netball facility and lighting.
Our Community and Corporate Plan outlines our plans to become a Carbon Neutral Council and work with others to create a carbon neutral community.
We have declared a ‘climate emergency’ and are a member of the Devon Climate Emergency Response Group (DCERG), a group of 25 influential public sector bodies, councils and business organisations who are working together to reduce carbon emissions and create a Devon Carbon Plan – a road map to carbon neutrality.
Tree planting is just one of the ways we are working to improve our parks and open spaces in Torbay. Find out more, including how you can get involved with your local open spaces.