Green Salford is to become even greener with 5,000 new trees.
The new saplings will be planted this winter by Salford City Council, City of Trees, the University of Salford, RHS Garden Bridgewater, local schools and friends of parks groups.
The work will contribute to City of Trees’ target to plant three million trees across Greater Manchester within a generation.
Councillor Derek Antrobus, lead member for planning and sustainable development said it was part of plans to maximise tree cover in Salford which is already 60 per cent green space.
“Trees have so many benefits from storing carbon dioxide which helps manage global warming to preventing flooding by soaking up storm waters, providing shelter for humans and wildlife and contributing to a beautiful and relaxing landscape,” he said.
“It has always been the council’s policy to plant two trees in place of every single one which has to be removed because it is dead, dying, diseased or dangerous or is removed as part of development. These extra 5000 trees will enhance our parks, local nature reserves, roadside verges and more.”
City of Trees, alongside Forestry England, have planted five hundred trees on Clifton Green, with another 330 in Ordsall Hall and 525 trees at St Lukes Primary School in Weaste.
Salford City Council’s ranger team, volunteers and local schools will plant more than 1000 trees in country parks and local nature reserves, while Friends of Chimney Pot Park have been working with the Royal Horticultural Society to improve the park including planting of six new, mature trees.
In the new year more tree planting is planned in roadside verges and parks. City of Trees will plant 500 trees at the former Robin Hood railway sidings near the Robin Hood pub, Swinton and alongside the University of Salford while the Peel Park park keeper will plant 1,000 trees at David Lewis Recreation Ground as well as 150 trees on Crescent Meadow.