Local Environment

Run a tree planting event

Why?

Trees are a huge part of the fight for our planet’s future. They lock up carbon, reduce flooding and pollution, nurture wildlife and make landscapes more resilient. Whether you plant at home or in your community, every tree counts. Planting a single tree has benefits for people, wildlife and the environment. Those benefits vastly increase when planting a whole woodland.

For schools, communities and neighbourhoods, trees make our surroundings happier, healthier places to be.

How?

Find a suitable location to plant the trees, both in terms of land ownership and permissions and environmental considerations that the land is suitable for planting. Look at Devon’s Right Place, Right Tree guidance for more information

Next, identify current grant schemes that could provide your trees and make an application.

Check out this video guide of what to do when your trees arrive and how to successfully plant them.

Use this RHS guide on how to look after your trees and ensure successful growth into the future.

Set up a community garden

Why?

Community gardents vary in size and scope. They can be tiny plots, gardens on roofs, school gardens, private or open to the public. Their scope of what community gardens can acheive also varies widely. They can provide fresh fruit and vegetables, a place for wildlife, improved play areas, an outdoor classroom and safe public spaces that are well-maintained.

Community gardens can mitigate some of the problems that affect urban areas. They can be a beneficial addition to many communities by increasing the availability of nutritious foods, strengthening community ties, reducing environmental hazards, reducing food miles and creating a more sustainable system.

Community gardens can help reduce negative environmental impacts by promoting sustainable agriculture; reducing food transportation costs and reducing water runoff. Humans, plants and animals can all benefit from urban agriculture since it creates habitats and improves the ecology of the area.

How?

Join in with local community gardens already running in:

Or contact them for advice on how to set up your own in addition to guidance from the Royal Horticultural Society.

Bug hotel in foreground and tennis court in background.
Photo credit: Kit Harbottle. Bug Hotel by Tavistock Canal

  

Take action for wildlife

Why?

The ecological crisis is closely linked to the climate crisis, and taking action on one will help the other. There is so much opportunity to improve habitats in Devon for the benefit of local wildlife and to improve our own health and wellbeing.

How?

Use the Wild About Devon resources to make and implement a plan to help wildlife in your community. This includes a toolkit which provides guidance for communities wanting to produce their own biodiversity audit, as well as giving ideas for projects.