The Chief Min has planted one of the first trees that will form a new People’s Wood (Keyll yn Phobble).

The project is part of the gov’s response to the climate change emergency and will see 85,000 trees – one for every island resident – planted at Meary Veg in Santon. 

 Chief Minister HQ said: ‘I am delighted to plant this tree and I look forward to watching the woodland develop overtime into another wonderful amenity for our island. As these trees grow they will protect and enhance our beautiful Biosphere, boost natural carbon storage and benefit people and wildlife for generations to come.

The 113 acre (about 85 footy pitches) site will be mainly planted with a mix of broadleaf trees in the coming months, to help offset the island’s carbon emissions. 

It is expected that all 85,000 trees will be planted this year by local contractors, with schools and social clubs also lending a hand. People will be able to visit soon after although it will take many years to mature. 

Environment Minister Geoffrey Boot added: ‘The diverse habitat created can play a crucial role in combating the biodiversity and climate crises the world is facing. It will provide important habitat for insects, birds and mammals, enhance and protect the environment, and create a place people can visit to boost their well-being.’ 

The site will be linked by a series of paths and served by a small car park subject to planning approval. The paths will also link the woodland with the existing coastal path.