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Climate and Nature Emergency

Congleton Tree Group

Aim: A Tree Group has been established with the aim of planting 30,000 trees in the Congleton area over the next 5 years. Some of these trees will be on land owned by Cheshire East (CEC), but is hoped that Private Landlords and individuals will get involved. This is not part of the Green Working Group but has been added to this page as we know there is lots of interest in this project.

Recording Document: The Tree Group aims to keep an updated record of planting / planned planting so that everyone can review progress against our planned target. If anyone plants a tree to support this initiative please let us know by emailing us on info@congleton-tc.gov.uk

Our current figures are:

  • 3521 Planted Trees (August 2021)
  • 2153 Planted Hedgerow Plants (August 2021)
  • 2999 Planted Shrubs (August 2021)
  • Total: 8673

Map of Trees

Trees for Congleton Volunteer Events (Nov-Dec 2021)

Please come along and help to plant trees at various locations across the town:

Tree Preservation Orders (TPO)

A TPO is a legally enforceable order made by the Local Planning Authority (LPA) to protect trees, groups of trees and woodland which make a contribution to the amenity in its area. The decision to make a TPO are made under powers contained in the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and the Town and Country (Tree Preservation) (England) Regulations 2012.

The principal effect of a TPO is to make it an offence to cut down, uproot, top, lop, wilfully damage or wilfully destroy a protected tree without the consent of the LPA. 

Cheshire East Council (CEC) is responsible for all aspects pertaining to TPO’s. See TPO pages on CEC website to find out:

For further information:

Email: trees@cheshireeast.gov.uk or Phone: 0300 123 5014.

Rewilding Congleton

In a bid to help combat the consequences of the UKs drastically declining insect population, Congleton Town Council, with support from residents is set to try out a new approach to grass cutting starting with 13 pilot areas.

The Council is determined to protect and improve Congleton’s natural environment and this simple change to its mowing regimes is a progressive move towards a better management of their grass areas to facilitate the ideal habitats for bees and other pollinating insects.

With a third of our food crops and as many as 87% of other plants pollinated by insects there is a lot to lose. Much of our wildlife, be it birds, bats, amphibians, small mammals, or fish rely on insects for food. Without them we risk the collapse of our natural world.

Besides it being a legal duty of the council, they are keen to conserve and enhance biodiversity within council manged areas. his is an exciting opportunity to create attractive open spaces for people and wildlife that will become an important local resource. Instead of mowing fortnightly to keep grass short and reducing flowers and wildlife from flourishing, we will look to alter the grass and flower mix to encourage the growth of diverse wildflowers. These areas will be cut twice a year to get rid of dead vegetation and prevent the plants from growing too tall. Residents living near to the 13 sites will be contacted and we are looking forward to working with them regarding the proposals

Sites proposed:Banky Fields

Bridgewater Close

Redfern Avenue

Hankinson Field

Hillfields Close – Top of the Park Wood

Longdown Road

Sterling Close – Completed

Derwent Drive

Lamberts Lane

Isis Close /Tamar Close

Windsor Avenue – Completed

Lady Warburtons Walk

Padgbury Lane – In progress


How you can help: Do you work with an environmental group that might have a contribution to make?  Do you have 

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