Tree Lovers: We need you!

24th June 2020

Plant your Postcode is a volunteer-led project which helps local people plant trees.

Many of our urban trees were planted by the Victorians! Some are succumbing to disease and old age. It is vital that we replenish our leafy canopy.

With your help we can continue to plant trees across the City.

The value of trees

Trees have an enormous value to the environment and our well-being. They provide shade, help regulate the microclimate, support wildlife, reduce air pollution and improve our own mental health and happiness.

A tree can support hundreds of species of insect and other wildlife; for example, a mature oak tree will support 280 different species of insect.

Brighton and Hove’s trees are particularly special because the City hosts the National Elm Collection. Natural barriers and local people’s concerted efforts have protected them from elm disease and now the city is home to some of the rarest varieties of elms in the world.

How can you help?

Donate via our Crowdfunding campaign – please donate.

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What it costs

The more we raise, the more trees we can plant. We would like to raise at least £2,000. If we do this, we may receive some additional funding.

The cost of urban trees varies massively depending on where they are planted. Some urban trees are expensive, however that does not mean we should not plant them. This is why our community project is so important.

The next planting season starts in November. We, and our partners have set a target of planting 1,000 trees, and we need your help to do this!

The cost of trees varies, depending on the species and the location of the tree. Often a stump will need to be removed before planting can take place. Sometimes work needs to be done in streets where trees need replacing.

For example, if volunteers plant fruit trees at a park or grassy area (such as a housing estate), this can cost as little as £30 per tree, including creating a planting plan. If the council takes out an existing stump from a felled tree planted in a pavement and replants it will a new tree with adequate protections, this can cost well over £400.

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