New trees will be introduced on two sites in Trafford next month as part of an ongoing tree planting project to help address the climate crisis and increase woodland cover in the borough.
The planting will take place at playing fields adjacent to Lostock Park in Stretford and at Grove Park in Altrincham as part of year 2 of the 5 year programme, following on from schemes in Stretford, Sale and Urmston. Site surveys have been undertaken to ensure that the planting will not interfere with any existing important habitat space, archaeological features or underground services.
Linked to the GM Tree and Woodland Strategy and Trafford’s Carbon Neutral Action Plan, the project is a partnership between City of Trees and Trafford Council, funded by the Government’s Nature for Climate Fund across Greater Manchester, delivering over £2m of investment. The funding in Trafford will cover all of the material, establishment, replacement and maintenance costs for 15 years to ensure the success of the schemes.
Cllr Steve Adshead, Trafford Council’s Executive member for Environmental and Regulatory Services said:
“Climate change presents us with a huge challenge as more extreme weather becomes the norm and flooding poses an ever-increasing risk.
“Planting trees is an important part of a programme of measures that will be needed to help reduce our vulnerability to climate change, and we welcome the news of additional trees on sites in Stretford and Altrincham.”
Earlier this month Cllr Adshead put out a plea for private landowners to take advantage of the funding available to create new wooded areas on their land. For more details of this scheme email [email protected] and find out more about City of Trees atwww.cityoftrees.org.uk