Plant and compost to reduce carbon emissions

Trees and woodland play an important part in carbon reduction, and help to enhance the environment, provide clean air, improve soil quality, and reduce flooding.

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Tree planting

We offer a range of schemes to suit different requirements and work in partnership with the National Forest and Woodland Trust to encourage the planting of new native trees and woodlands.  


Make use of one of the Council's various tree schemes for farmers and landowners to plant trees. 

Find out more information on our Apply for trees page

Grow more plants 

All plants absorb carbon dioxide, therefore the more plants we grow, the more carbon dioxide is absorbed. 


Grow trees and shrubs or climbing plants such as ivy. 

Check the Garden Buildings Direct website for a blog on the best eco-friendly plants to grow in your garden .


Composting food and garden waste stops it ending up in landfill or being incinerated. Once in landfill, biodegradable waste breaks down anaerobically, producing the greenhouse gas methane.

Composting is a great way of helping the environment with the added benefit of producing a free-soil conditioner for your garden. 

Further Reading 

In 2021, in partnership with the National Forest, we signed up to the Leicestershire Tree Charter, which sets out our intent to continue preserving and enhancing our trees and woodlands for the benefit and enjoyment of county residents and visitors.