Trees planted to ‘soften the line’ between Midhurst’s ‘built-up parts’ and countryside

Work is underway to ‘soften the line’ between ‘built-up parts’ of Midhurst and the countryside.

Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 5:49 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 5:51 pm

Midhurst Town Council said it is ‘eager to promote’ the planting of trees and has planted more than 40 alongside the roads leading into Midhurst.

The council said it is also hoping to do some ‘greening’ on North Street.

A spokesperson said: “It is inspired to do so not simply to make the town more attractive and welcoming but also to soften the line between the countryside around us and the built up parts of Midhurst, a name which derives from Middeherst meaning ‘Middle wooded hill’, or ‘place among the wooded hills’.

DM202790a.jpg. Midhurst tree planting. Cllr Rev David Coote (co-ordinator of project). Photo by Derek Martin Photography SUS-200302-175812008

“We are all aware of the environmental benefits derived from planting trees such as preventing flooding, erosion and water pollution, improving air quality, shelter for wildlife and offsetting climate change.”

Councillor reverend David Coote is co-ordinating the programme.

He said: “Midhurst arrived from in the middle of a wood and so it seemed entirely appropriate for Midhurst Town Council, about five years ago, to decide to plant trees on the roads entering Midhurst. We involved the National Park, Chichester District Council, West Sussex County Council and we have planted, so far, about 40 trees. We have also done some hedging by the fire station.

“The scheme is an environmental project. It makes the place more attractive and it helps in so many different ways, including the quality of air.

“It’s a great project which we hope to encourage others to participate in.”

The town council spokesperson said all landowners, those who have gardens and space to plant trees and hedges and schools and community groups are asked to take advantage of the Woodland Trust offer to provide free trees and hedging.

It comes as residents and businesses are being encouraged to sponsor a tree in one of Chichester district’s parks and gardens, as part of a district council scheme to help tackle climate change and protect the local environment.