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More than 1,000 trees are set to be planted in various Suffolk locations this winter.

The Environment Agency has already planted over 600 trees in Suffolk so far this year and, as the best time to plant bare root trees as the ground is damp, hundreds more have been planned between now and March.

290 trees, including some rare native Black poplar, will be planted at various locations alongside the River Waveney downstream of Diss and along the River Dove.

Tree planting with River Waveney Trust. Picture: Environment Agency Anglia (53496892)
Tree planting with River Waveney Trust. Picture: Environment Agency Anglia (53496892)

The native black poplar is one of the UK’s rarest trees and there are thought to be less than 8,000 mature specimens in Britain, with around 430 in Suffolk.

The rare tree has great wildlife value especially for insects it also provides nesting sites for owls and roosts for bats.

Over 500 trees are scheduled to be planted between now and March 2022 with the River Waveney Trust and Essex and Suffolk Rivers Trust. 343 trees will be planted along the River Alde, River Deben and the Earl Soham watercourse.

Tree planting at Ubbeston. Picture: Environment Agency Anglia (53496890)
Tree planting at Ubbeston. Picture: Environment Agency Anglia (53496890)

So far the Environment Agency has planted over 600 trees in the county. 349 of these trees were planted along the River Gipping, 254 are in and around Stowmarket and Needham Market and 95 are in Ipswich. 200 trees were planted with Suffolk Wildlife Trust next to the Walpole River at Ubbeston.

Naomi Boyle, Catchment Co-ordinator for Suffolk said: "It has been a pleasure to work with landowners and partners to plant trees alongside our Suffolk rivers.

"This planting will help our rivers to adapt to climate change. In time, they will not only provide shade to keep fish and invertebrate populations cool but the tree roots will help stabilise the river banks. This will result in less sediment entering the water, which will help improve water quality."