Plans to create mini woodland areas at six Thanet sites

Woodland for absorbing carbon emissions

Mini woodland sites could be created across six areas in Thanet as part of the council’s carbon reduction plan.

Cabinet members at a meeting next week are expected to approve plans to create the woodland areas at:

  1. Dane Valley Road (1.2 hectares);
  2. Garlinge Recreation Ground (0.5 hectares);
  3. Memorial Recreation Ground Broadstairs (0.4 hectares);
  4. Northdown Park (0.8 hectares);
  5. St Peter’s Recreation Ground (0.6 hectares);
  6. Tivoli Park (0.5 hectares).

Mini-woodlands are created in urban spaces. Where most trees in cities are on the border of parks, around playing fields, or lining streets, mini-woodlands are an area of dense vegetation and bring the benefits of trees to local people.

A report to councillors says the councils aim is to reach net zero by 2030 and that any emissions produced by the authority at that point will need to be absorbed by carbon sequestration projects such as mini-woodland creation.

Absorbing carbon

The report adds: “The council has investigated what land it owns that can be used for mini-woodland creation, to absorb these left over emissions. A total of six sites have been identified as suitable locations for the Mini-Woodland Tree Planting Scheme. The total size of the land to be used is 4 hectares.”

The report says the mini woodlands would “absorb approximately 1,140 tonnes of carbon over 30 years (285 tonnes per hectare).”

Creating the woodlands would be paid for by bidding for funding from sources such as Kent County Council’s Plan Tree Scheme, the Environment Agency, Southern Water, and community/memorial schemes, but the land needs to be confirmed as allocated first.

Care and maintenance

The report adds: “It is essential the correct species are planted dependant on the soil conditions and watered in the first 3 years to ensure appropriate establishment to minimise failure.

“The trees will also need to be inspected annually for diseases to minimise the spread between the planted area. Once the mini-woodland has been established in 10-20 years time, there may be a requirement to ensure the area remains a safe open space. This can be created by raising the crown of trees to open up a sight line under the tree branches and/or creating walking routes through the woodlands.”


For Dane Valley two areas of land on grassland buffer have been identified for planting. At Garlinge the eastern corner of the Rec is earmarked. Three small areas have been pinpointed at the Memorial Ground, two areas at Northdown Park and one at St Peter’s Rec, which will need to be discussed with Thanet Wanderers which trains at the Rec.

A 0.5 ha area at Tivoli Park has also been recommended.

The report says: “The sites the Council creates mini-woodlands on will need to be closely looked after for three years with watering and other health care. Tree management strategies will need to be put in place to secure the health and longevity of the mini-woodland on a longer term basis.”

Community fruit garden plan

In January this year Scott Manclark, who is a volunteer with the Palm Bay and Northdown Community Group, put forward a plan to redevelop a neglected area of Northdown Park to create a community fruit garden.

Scott’s idea has been taken up by local councillors, including Cllr Barry Manners and Cllr Kevin Pressland.

Kevin is a horticulturalist and environmentalist and has put together a plan for the former play area near the pavilion and current play site.

Councillors will discuss the mini woodland scheme at a meeting on April 25.


  1. But the council supports or did support manston airport ? Which is going to destroy the quantity of live in ramsgate. So no need to plant in ramsgate as the pollution for the planes will kill any new trees !

  2. This is Greenwich, I’m afraid.
    1,140 tonnes is a miniscule drop in the ocean. An informed estimate says we need to capture 9 gigatonnes (9,000,000,000) of CO2 every year, just to avoid global warming exceeding 2 degrees.
    And the problem with using trees for carbon capture is that after 40 or 50 years, the trees die, releasing that carbon back into the atmosphere as they decay.
    Better not to release the CO2 in the first place.
    I’m all for trees: they are very good for the environment in a number of ways. But carbon capture is not one of them

    • pseudo scientists make extreme claims to get further grants. We have been warned that the world is falling apart and the sea-level is going rise by many feet a decade for over 150 years but it is still about the same as it was back in the 1880″s (and also less polluted now that it was).

      • 97% of climate scientists agree that the global warming the planter is7 udergoing is caused by humans and is leading to catastrophic changes to our climate. Apparantly though those 97% are all “pseudo-scientists”.

  3. All the twaddle and tosh in the councils pronouncements, but not a mention of the biggest problem the areas will have becoming established, vandalism/ wanton damage and bags of dog mess left liberally scattered.

  4. Is this a late April 1st post?
    Rip out acres of farmland. Build houses on it. Replace it with mini woodland creating a miniscule percentage of recovered land and then brag about how wonderful we are at conservation??

    • That sounds like TDC.. officers and councillors unfortunately. Still, not their fault it is the government “forcing” them to build houses. Even the labour Mayor of Broadstairs thinks building houses on farmland is the solution to a better environment!! What. Keep mature trees and woods not destroy them for unneeded housing. The green wedge was destroyed at Poor Hole Lane and the developers never planted the trees they promised!!!

  5. As I keep spouting on. The area opposite Margate football ground stadium that is now going to be a rat run through to Shottendane Road and onwards to Manston Road was designated many many years ago by the council as ro being an extension to the Margate Graveyard. Plots were to be purchased by the public (deceased). On the demise of a person the coffin would be buried upright with a tree planted on top. A plaque of the name of the deceased would be added. The tree’s helping to reduce on the carbon footprint.

    Instead what will we have, a housing estate that will add to the carbon footprint.

    Good thinking Cllr’s

  6. Margate District Council again!
    They wonder why they are so disliked by everyone not in their parochial little orbit
    Ramsgate has the smallest urban footprint with metropolitan levels of intensive development, yet it’s built environment has been ignored,underinvested, and sold off in the last two decades.
    The villages ought to have mini green belts surrounding them, and new developments should include substantial tree planting.However what is delivered by Margate District Council is Westwood Cross shanty town urban sprawl.I mean, who can justify Barratt’s Spitfire Green, which is an example of total disrespect by land speculators of a host community,aided and abetted by Margate District Council.Does CEO Carmichael live there? No, he lives in leafy arcadia far away from Thanet.

  7. So many jumping to anti-TDC conclusions again.
    1. The article says ‘land owned by TDC in Thanet’. What land does TDC own in Ramsgate that could be used for mini-woodland? Find that land, then complain. Because I can’t think of any.
    2. The farmland was allocated by the UKIP Council of 2015 as the only option when instructed by central government to find land for 17,000 properties (even though UKIP won the election partly on the promise of no more houses they soon found out they were not more powerful than central government).
    3. Manston was designated as land for the airport by the UKIP Council of 2015, again because they won support by promising to get the airport open again “within two weeks” (nearly 10 years ago), so even though it might have saved a couple of fields it cannot be used for housing.
    4. Westwood Cross was part of a central government plan that started sometime back in the late 90’s to support shopping development. TDC was not the only decision maker in the development and expansion of WWX: KCC and even the House of Lords ensured that the gambling and entertainment was included. Remember when it first opened and they put up the sign on it saying “Westwood Town Centre”? They quickly took that sign down again after a huge public outcry, but officially it is still called Westwood Town Centre. That is why there is all the housing going up around it. It’s the new town centre.
    5. And all the new major link roads being built are entirely down to KCC.

    But still today’s TDC is getting the blame for decisions made by previous councils, different councils, or forced on them years ago by central government. History is made and today we are living with the consequences.

  8. No Council could ever address everyone’s ‘pet gripe’ under any circumstances and certainly not with one small announcement. Austerity cuts to Council funding over many years have been far too drastic – so please apportion blame correctly. Trees are wonderful for human welfare and for the dramatic bio-diversity crisis. I very much welcome this announcement – well done TDC! I am saddened to read the many negative comments, especially those which have no relevance to the subject.

  9. All for many many more tress where ever they are, but TDC really should STOP killing live tress that house a abundance of wildlife just because you can’t see the wildlife dint mean it’s not there. Yes please plant as many trees as you like but leave the old ones alone

  10. No anon, TDC really are responsible for 50 years of poor urban planning.You can blame KCC and central government,but TDC are guilty as charged.
    Westwood cross is an object lesson in how not to design and urban environment and excusing them only makes me think you are one of the guilty men. If we are tree planting Westwood cross might be a start,god knows it could be made any worse
    In Ramsgate there is plenty of space but I would suggest a bit of sylvan improvement in Newington would not go amiss. A shelter belt of trees at Jacky Baker’s would screen it from Westwood cross shanty town and it’s road system (I use that term in its broadest meaning)while some of that levelling up cash could rebuild the disgraceful sports field.There is also Warren rec and other places which the report might have included if they had walked a few miles to Ramsgate.
    The parks in Margate did receive some tree planting not so long ago,so unless the RSP forest has died, I think a bit more lateral thinking might be due.
    Your trouble anon,is like so many others,is that you believe that what’s good for Margate is good for Thanet and that ain’t necessarily so.

  11. What a cheap way out for the council instead of creating new woodland/green areas let’s just plant trees in all ready green places. So they can use it as a cover up and grant more planning for new houses and make it look like they are doing something to combat it. What a joke.

  12. Yes J, I agree.Instead of paltry s106 payments that do nothing for a community suffering long term environmental degradation from speculative land deals, there should be much more tree planting and increases in bio diversity and public open spaces.
    TDC aren’t the only short sighted managerialists, Ramsgate was offered some agricultural land and turned it down,preferring instead to sit on their cash pile.

  13. There’s a small area of ugly concrete in a field, brake it up and you can have a large forest area for all to enjoy. It’s just outside Ramsgate, Acol and Minster. Used to be used by RAF but has been a massive failure for three decades and abandoned and derelict for another decade. Use that for forestry.

    • Are you referring to the Airport on Aviation land not owned by TDC awaiting the redevelopment with investment for Thanet

  14. I like the concept of the idea. But I feel they should not be planted into our already dwindling public green spaces, they just keep chipping away at them, not every green space needs to be a forest. Grass areas also make good carbon sinks. Not all wildlife wants to live in, on or under trees. Maybe the council should enforce schemes like this to be planted onto new build sites, let them take some of the responsibility, they are ultimately the ones using all the land for housing. Not one single new built estate has a decent green space, locally. That needs addressing.

    • You echo my feelings K Stoneley. Trees are great, everyone loves ’em. But there are green spaces all too often dismissed as ‘scrub’ that are also of environmental & ecological value. The obsession with trees can be a bit misleading & can contribute to a lack or interest or knowledge of the potential diversity of other green sites.

  15. Absolutely, well said. How much of Thanet will be green (fields and alike), in 30 years, look at how much has been built on in the last 8 years.

  16. I am absolutely delighted that TDC is planning these mini-woodlands. All these projects are worthwhile, and it focuses attention on our very low tree cover locally.
    Well done TDC and please do ensure that the long-term strategy is funded to safeguard the trees’ future

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