Council's tree-mendous success

Date Released - 29/03/2017

TREE-MENDOUS! Tameside Council has not only fulfilled its pledge to plant trees but has done four times better.

Last year’s Woodland for Wildlife pledge set out the aim of planting 2,016 trees. The actual number is in excess of 8,000.

Cllr Allison Gwynne, Tameside Council’s executive member for the environment, commented: “This is a splendid achievement and far exceeds our hopes when the pledge was announced.

“Trees not only store carbon, they provide havens for wildlife, and provide a more diverse and attractive environment. They are a real asset for the borough’s environment.

“The planting has been carried out by the Operations and Greenspace team and volunteers. It’s been a very positive partnership approach and one that has demonstrated the Tameside community’s commitment to improving the landscape by getting actively involved.”

Most of the trees have been native species. The larger standard ones were funded through developer contributions and the small whips (slender unbranched shoots) were donated by Ovo energy in a partnership with The Countryside Volunteers (part of the I Dig Trees scheme).

The tree planting will also help Tameside support the City of Trees ambition. City of Trees an innovative and exciting movement which has set out to reinvigorate Greater Manchester’s landscape by transforming underused, unloved woodland and by planting a tree for every man, woman and child in the region, within a generation.

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