Here you can find updates on the latest campaigns from Canterbury District Green Party.

Canterbury District Green Party joins growing calls for council chiefs to put an immediate halt on the imminent felling of mature trees in the city centre.

In a climate emergency, felling trees is a very odd thing to do and is deeply concerning. There is no justification for destroying these urban trees which provide huge environmental benefit” says local Green Party member Anna Peckham.  Anger is growing at the realisation that these trees, currently festively festooned, will soon be razed to the ground as part of the council’s Tory-led scheme for the regeneration of St George’s Street. 

Canterbury District Green Party fully supports the petition started by a concerned resident and urges people to sign it. While Greens favour new tree planting, this should not be at the expense of existing trees. The council claim that planting several smaller trees mitigates the felling of mature trees but this argument is not supported by the evidence, in fact the opposite is true. Mature trees absorb significantly more CO2 and pollution while providing shade, habitat and many more benefits including to health and wellbeing.

Newly elected Green councillor Clare Turnbull said I am shocked that the council is even considering removing mature trees in the midst of a climate emergency. These trees need protection but unfortunately, the council recently rejected a proposal for the appointment of a tree officerAs a Green Party councillor, I will be actively fighting for trees and green spaces across the district and petitioning the council to establish a dedicated tree and hedgerow officer.”

In their response to the consultation, Canterbury District Green Party questioned the logic of keeping just one tree in situ at the pedestrianised Rose Lane end of the street as a “focal point” while removing the tree at the heavily polluted Canterbury Lane end where it provides a much-needed focal point. Anna Peckham states “This beautiful well-established silver maple enhances the non-pedestrianised end of the street and is visible even from New Dover Road. It is situated next to ugly bollards in a traffic-filled pollution hotspot so why remove it?  Felling this tree and others will cause significant environmental damage – it is senseless vandalism”.

While other cities are introducing measures to mitigate climate change and biodiversity loss, Canterbury is doing the opposite, depriving its population of the many benefits of mature urban trees.

CDGP Protest Against Canterbury City Centre Tree Felling – Sat. 18th Dec. 2021

By Canterbury District Green Party | 15 December 2021

Canterbury District Green Party have been shocked and saddened regarding Canterbury City Council’s plans to fell several mature trees in Canterbury City Centre. In response, CDGP have organised a protest […]

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CDGP gains first ever seat on Canterbury City Council!

By Canterbury District Green Party | 2 December 2021

Canterbury District Green Party are thrilled to announce our candidate, Clare Turnbull, has been elected as Canterbury City Council’s first Green councillor in the Gorrell Ward by-election on Thursday 18th […]

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Baroness Natalie Bennett joins CDGP at SOS Whitstable March

By Canterbury District Green Party | 15 October 2021

Canterbury District Green Party Canterbury District Green Party were thrilled to demonstrate our support for ‘Save our Seas’ Whitstable’s protest against Southern Water’s sewage discharges on Saturday 9th October. The […]

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Shift to a Wellbeing Economy: put the health of people and planet first

By Canterbury District Green Party | 15 September 2021

Despite the growing Climate Crisis, the UK government continues to prioritise power and profit over a sustainable and healthy green future. The conversation surrounding the promotion of a green economy […]

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Plans for Western Bypass through Dukes Meadow, near Canterbury

By Canterbury District Green Party | 13 September 2021

In order to support the building of thousands of new homes around Canterbury, the City Council has drafted a local plan to build a Western Bypass route between Harbledown and […]

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Green Party Leadership Candidates Announced

By Canterbury District Green Party | 23 August 2021

The official list of leadership candidates for the Green Party of England and Wales were announced on the 18th August. The candidate list stands as follows: Shahrar Ali Ashley Gunstock […]

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Southern Water continues to pollute Kent Coast with sewage

By Canterbury District Green Party | 23 August 2021

Kent Online has recently reported that the Herne Bay coastline was once again off-limits due to combined sewer overflow (CSO) discharges from Southern Water. This comes following a previous article from […]

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Canterbury District Green Party make gains in Swalecliffe Ward.

By Canterbury District Green Party | 12 July 2021

“Thank you to all those who voted for me on 6th May. We were only 89 votes from winning and I am disappointed not to be representing you at Canterbury […]

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