Tree project to mark anniversary

A SCHEME to plant 50,000 trees across a Yorkshire city to help curb climate change and improve wildlife habitats will mark its first anniversary this month.

The project in York launched last year to boost the city’s green spaces while also helping to reduce air temperature, filter and catch air pollutants. It is also hoped the new trees will prevent flooding in York by slowing run-off. The Treemendous York group’s chairman, Philip Crowe, said: “The threats to our tree heritage have been widely publicised and projects such as this will help to continue the inevitable tree loses we can except, in addition to providing all the other benefits which make our lives and relationship to the natural world so much more interesting and satisfying.”

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A £25,000 grant for tree planting has been secured and one of the sites is a York Council-owned riverside plot near the Millennium Bridge known as Fulford Ings. A community event to plant 2,000 trees at Fulford Ings will be held on November 24, from 10.30am to 3pm. Members of the scheme include York Council, the York Environment Forum and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust as well as the Woodland Trust and the community food group, Edible York.