An exciting opportunity has arisen to improve Carden Park for people and wildlife by planting 2,300 trees and shrubs this winter and spring, with a further 6,000 by Spring 2022.

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 during opening hours. A3 laminated signs are also displayed near the planting site.

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.

Unfortunately Covid-19 lockdown restrictions mean we are unable to engage the local community with tree planting during Phase 1. CityParks Rangers will undertake this work with a newly appointed Tree Planting Surveyor. We look forward to involving people with planting a larger area over the winter of 2021/22.

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.

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