Halstead is set to become the latest town to join an environmental pact.

The Tree Charter stands by ten different principles such as planting more trees, sustaining landscapes, protecting irreplaceable trees and woods and to combat threats to habitats like pests, disease and climate change.

Launched in 2017, on the 800th anniversary of the 1217 Charter of the Forest, the new Charter for Trees, Woods and People was started at Lincoln Castle.

During a public meeting on Monday, Halstead Town Council voted unanimously to adopt the Tree Charter, joining hundreds of other town and parish councils.

The move to join the Tree Charter is a way for the town council act upon its policy on addressing the issue of climate change and, at this time, there is no anticipated expenditure required by the council.

The charter has been heavily encouraged by the National Association of Local Councils and the decision comes following the decision by Braintree Council to commit to planting more trees and protecting green areas to help tackle the climate crisis.