Hertfordshire County Council to plant 350 trees to help save the bees

Published: 17 Dec 2019


Hertfordshire County Council Leader David Williams, along with Deputy Leader Teresa Heritage and Councillor Ralph Sangster will be helping to plant 350 trees as part of the County Council’s Hertfordshire Pollinator Strategy.

The planting event will take place on 18 December, on land owned by the Council, east of Potters Bar, where the County Council’s Rural Estates Team will lead the members in planting tree species such as Hawthorn, Hazel, Crab Apple, Rowan, Goat Willow and Field Maple which will produce an all year-round food source for bees.

Councillor Ralph Sangster, Resources and Performance Cabinet Member, said: "Bees are the most important pollinating insects of all the species. As we prepare countrywide for the rises in population, we also need to plan for more sustainable ways to provide food sources.

"Planting more trees not only helps to absorb pollutants in the air but also feeds the bees and other pollinating insects who play a crucial role in pollinating the crops we use as vital food sources. This is a great way to demonstrate the multiple strands of our Sustainable Herts policy."

The Hertfordshire Pollinator Strategy and action plan was approved at Hertfordshire County Council’s full cabinet on Monday 16 December. One of the actions from the plan include; to protect, increase and enhance the amount of pollinator habitats across the county, to help prevent extinctions and improve the status of any locally threatened pollinator species.

Mike Goodhew, Central and South Herts Beekeepers Association, said: "We are very pleased to have been asked to be involved in this project and support Hertfordshire County Council’s initiative and project to aid the pollination and the local wildlife.

"Woodlands play an important role and more pertinently a big range of trees, shrubs and plants that come into bloom at different times during the season hugely help in providing the honeybees and other pollinators with a constant flow of pollen and nectar throughout the season and aids their survival."