Council Invest £250k To plant 25,000 Trees Across Bury

NewsBuryCouncil Invest £250k To plant 25,000 Trees Across Bury

Bury Council and City of Trees have funded the planting of many thousands more trees to restore woodlands for people and wildlife and tackle the climate emergency head on.  

As part of an ongoing programme of tree planting, 56 extra standard trees have been planted at Burrs Country Park and 10 more will be planted during this year. 

Across the borough, 25,442 tree whips have been planted, more than over 12.5 hectares of woodland have been created and 11 new community orchards have been established. Locations include:

  • Hartley Gardens
  • Gypsy Brook
  • Gypsy Brook East
  • Huntley Mount Drive
  • Hoyles Park
  • Salford St
  • Mather Road/Walmersley Road
  • Barlow Rec
  • Burrs CP
  • Kersal Road
  • Simister Green
  • Simister Bus Terminal
  • Simister Green PA
  • Gardner Mount
  • Prestwich Clough
  • Top Mill
  • Rammy Baths
  • Whalley Road
  • Peel Brow
  • Kenyon St
  • Riverside Drive
  • Bright St PA
  • Snape St PA
  • Old Kays
  • Whitehead Park
  • Hawkshaw Lane Rec
  • Boz Park
  • Thatch Leach Lane
  • St Mary’s Park
  • Sunnybank Woods
  • Summerseat Lane

Bury has 1,065,225 trees – 9% of the numbers in Greater Manchester:

  • They store 155,255 tonnes of carbon, removing 5,120 tonnes of carbon per year.
  • They remove 70 tonnes of pollution each year and soak up 137,810 cubic metres of water.
  • They are worth £2,807,270.
  • The most common species are English Oak, Ash, Hawthorn, Sycamore.

Cllr Quinn added: “However, trees don’t last forever and take a long time to grow so it’s important that we plant more and look after the ones we have. We also faced a fundamental problem with Calara (Ash Die Back) which will kill 8-10% of our tree stock, many of them mature trees. GMCA recently asked the government for £350m to help manage the Calara problem, but this was refused.

“This is why the council has partnered with City of Trees so that we can contribute to a green recovery and tackling the climate emergency head on. We are working with City of Trees to return the greenhouses and polytunnels of Barnfield Park, Prestwich into a tree nursery where the trees of the future can be grown.”

With match funding from Trees for Climate, Northern Forest Grow Back Greener Fund, Urban Tree Challenge and Clear Channel, more than 2,000 trees have been planted by the Environment Agency to complement the flood defences at Close Park. Also in Radcliffe, a local volunteer has received and planted 160 tree whips at Close and Bolton Road parks. 

A memorial tree to mark the 80th year of the Association of Jewish Refugees has also been planted at Hamilton Road Park. 

Councillor Alan Quinn, cabinet member for the environment, climate change and operations, said: “Trees are essential; they lock up carbon, trap air pollution, reduce flood risk and boost biodiversity,”

Trees have also been planted in commemoration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and the Queen’s Green Canopy. 12 semi-mature oak trees have recently been planted at each of Bury’s 12 Green Flag parks – Bolton Road Park, Burrs Country Park, Clarence Park, Close Park, Hoyles Park, Manchester Road Park, Nuttall Park, Openshaw Park, St Mary’s Flower Park, Towns Meadow Park, Whitefield Park and Whitehead Park.

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