Following the tremendous success of the 2022/23 tree planting programme, Fylde Council’s Environmental Health & Housing Committee has approved the investment of a further £25,000 additional revenue to enable the continuation of tree planting in 2023/24. 

Last year’s tree planting programme was delivered from November 2022 through January 2023 on Ashton Gardens, Lowther Gardens, Fairhaven Lake, Hope Street Park, Park View, Robin and Sparrow Parks, and Crescent Gardens by the Tree Team and Ranger Service, with generous assistance from volunteer groups. In addition, several community tree planting events where members of the public could get involved were organised and promoted during National Tree Week, and proved very popular. Overall, Fylde staff and volunteers were responsible for the planting of an incredible 600 trees as part of the programme during this period, and now Fylde Council is looking to build on this further.  

As part of the 2022/23 programme, a tree canopy survey was commissioned to highlight areas of low tree cover, and it’s this data combined with in-house knowledge of low canopy areas that will be used to develop a new planting programme for 2023/24.  

This planting plan will be formulated between the Parks and Coast Service and Regeneration Service for consideration by the Carbon Neutral Working Group, and will be subject to consultation with key officers, Members and partners. The new programme will also include further community planting events, giving residents another opportunity to get their hands dirty and thumbs green across the borough! 

Cllr Thomas Threlfall, Chairman of the Environmental, Health and Housing Committee, said: “I’m proud of the work we’ve been able to perform through this programme so far in enhancing the natural environment of Fylde, and providing high quality parks and open spaces for residents and visitors. I’m delighted that the EHH Committee continues to fund this very worthwhile programme and look forward to planting a few trees myself in the new year! ” 

For more information about the numerous beautiful parks and open spaces in Fylde, visit the Fylde Council website. 


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