Oldham Labour are once again taking steps to make Oldham the greenest borough in Greater Manchester by signing the Charter for Trees, Woods and People and appointing a Tree Champion for the first time at the full council meeting on 11th September.
July’s council meeting saw councillors debate a new report highlighting the wide range of projects underway in Oldham to tackle climate change. With a commitment to deeds rather than words, the Labour administration have delivered projects that tackle every element of our climate challenge, from Warm Homes Oldham (a joint investment agreement to make the homes of those in fuel poverty more efficient), to the removal of single-use plastics from council buildings, to 1MW of solar energy generating capacity on council owned social housing.
The council will now take further steps towards an Oldham Green New Deal that will see the council be carbon neutral by 2025. Signing the Charter for Trees, Woods and People commits the council to adopting policies and practices that favour trees and wildlife wherever possible, recognising their value and importance. Trees in the borough help avoid 200,000m3 of stormwater runoff every year, and a single tree can absorb a ton of carbon dioxide by the time it reaches 40 years old.
In addition, Cllr George Hulme from Saddleworth North will be the council’s first Tree Champion. He will be tasked with improving standards on tree protection and increasing planting rates. Cllr
Abdul Jabbar, Deputy Leader, said:
“Oldham is blessed with 465,000 trees, and we’ve been really successful in recent years increasing tree cover to 11.5%. But we have ambitions to go even further, and signing the charter will help us get there.
“As councillors we make tough choices every day on things like the location of much-needed new homes. Oldham Labour refuse to hold our borough back, but wherever possible we should be looking to plant new trees, protect those we have and enhance the green space that makes Oldham such a great place to live.”
Cllr George Hulme, Councillor for Saddleworth North, said:
“Oldham and Saddleworth are famous for green environments. Trees not only make places beautiful, but they’re also absolutely vital for tackling climate change. “As Tree Champion I’ll be working with officers to ensure we create space for new trees wherever we can and protect as many as possible.”
Further information about the Charter for Trees, Woods and People can be found at https://treecharter.uk/