Wednesday 10 Dec 2003

FREE TREES FROM NETWORK RAIL

Region & Route:
South East
Southern
Network Rail is to sponsor a scheme to provide free tress to the people of Kent. The free tree scheme will supply anyone owning land from gardens, schools to farmland with up to 25 trees free of charge.  Network Rail has supported the planting of over 30,000 trees throughout South East over the past four years and is continuing to support this environmental initiative led by the North West Kent Countryside project. Trees are an integral part of the landscape and Network Rail wants to show its commitment to the environment.  Network Rail has to actively manage the vegetation beside the railway line as trees and shrubbery can hinder the driver’s ability to see the signals and leaves on the line can cause loss of grip and wheel spin.  Colinda Parsons vegetation manager said “I am delighted we at Network Rail are getting involved in this scheme, all to often we are critised for clearing areas beside the railway when these decisions are normally always based on safety issues.  We do care about the environment and try to minimise the impact of our tree felling activities and with this scheme give back to the community a landscape that they can be proud of, while keeping the railway line safe”.

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