An exciting opportunity has arisen to improve Carden Park for people and wildlife by planting 2000 trees this winter with a further 6000 by Spring 2022.

We also plan to restore flower-rich chalk grassland by introducing sheep grazing and create a flower-rich ‘B-Bank’ for bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

This forms part of our response to the biodiversity and climate emergencies and supports our objectives to become a carbon-neutral city by the year 2030.

The ‘Woodland Edge’ will be planted with trees and shrubs that form a lower, fruiting/flowering canopy that fringes the main planting · A printed version of these plans can be viewed in the Old Boat Community Centre until Saturday 9th January 2021. A3 laminated signs are also displayed near the planting site.

Map showing Carden park and where trees will be planted. We will start in 2021 by planting trees along the Northern edge of the main park to create a new wooded area. We will also be clearing some of the scrub in the Eastern side of the park to make a pathway between the two sections of existing species-rich grassland. The existing sections of trees in the south of the park will be expanded and the B-Bank for pollinating species will be set up just aside from the western edge of the park.

Covid-19 restrictions will limit community involvement this winter, but we look forward to getting more people involved with planting a larger area over the winter of 2021/22.

The council welcomes your feedback regarding these proposals. To comment, please send an email to with ‘Carden Hill Tree Planting’ in the title.