Green future takes root in woodlands

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The seeds are being sown for residents of York and Scarborough to look forward to greener futures under tree-planting projects announced yesterday by the two authorities.

Work started this week on cultivating a new woodland on land at Bootham Stray where nearly 4,000 trees will be planted as part of a project backed by a grant from the Forestry Commission.

The first new wood planted by York Council for decades will be laid out over two areas either side of Wigginton Road.

A one hectare area of woodland will be created on land to the north of Nestlé, through natural regeneration and seeding 385 trees.

A further 2.3 hectares across the road, next to the allotments will be planted with around 3,600 trees to create a mixed ash and oak woodland.

Volunteers overseen by BTCV began planting the woodland earlier this week and will be on site adding more trees over the next six weeks.

Coun Richard Moore said: “I’m delighted the council has been able to team up with the Forestry Commission and BTCV to make this new woodland a reality.

“The woodland will provide an important habitat for wildlife and will give local people somewhere new to walk and enjoy. The new trees will also help to increase the amount of CO2 absorbed and will contribute towards the fight against climate change.”

Meanwhile in Scarborough, Friends of Manor Road Park are looking for volunteers to help plant 60 new fruit trees in the park supported by staff from Scarborough Council’s Parks and Countryside Services this Saturday from 10am.

For more information about the community orchard project call the parks department on 01723 374079.