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Please see attached, KCC’s Environment Briefing January – March 2022, which covers a selection of the environmental work by KCC and with external partners.

Tree news

Do have your say on Plan Tree, KCC’s Tree Establishment Strategy 2022- 2032. The consultation launched on 8 March and is open until 2 May. Plan Tree sets out our ambition for more trees and extended tree canopy cover in Kent and the principles that should underpin any tree establishment in the county.

Go to https://letstalk.kent.gov.uk/plantree or call 03000 42 15 53 if you need a printed copy.

KCC won through to round two of the Trees Call for Action Fund (TCAF) and we submitted a bid for a three year project which will provide extra resources for the strategic coordination and collaboration needed to deliver our tree establishment targets for Kent. The National Lottery Heritage Fund is distributing TCAF in partnership with the Forestry Commission, on behalf of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and they are expected to announce where the funding will be allocated at the end of March.

Environmental Champion Network launched

186 staff at KCC have volunteered to become Environment Champions to spark even more green action across KCC and within their communities. 100 of the Champions attended introductory training in February.

The Champions will now work with our topic experts on themes including natural environment, waste and the circular economy, and resource efficiency, to decide on priority actions for this year.

The network will hold lunchtime events every month to help our volunteers learn more about all things green and the invitation is extended to all KCC staff to attend these bite-size lectures. The first took place on 15 March on Plan Bee and the April event will be on Waste in Kent.

Find out more