New Trees Being Planted

News Article

18/02/2011

Local people turned out in force in early February for a major tree planting session in Richfield Avenue.

The council teamed up with international charity Trees for Cities to plant 20 Plane trees along the road which was picked because it’s an important arterial route in an area of 10 per cent or less canopy cover. The Plane trees were chosen because they are more tolerant than most species of poor soil conditions and they will also form a link with the existing Plane trees from Crown Plaza to Toby Carvery.

During the session there was a tree planting workshop for people who came forward to volunteer as tree wardens.

The council and Trees for Cities is still keen to hear from more people who would like to join the tree warden scheme. They will receive training and support from the council. If you would like to get involved, contact planning.naturalenvironment@reading.gov.uk or The Natural Environment Team on 0118 937 2440.

The council introduced a Tree Strategy last year and is working closely with partners and local people to promote the importance and benefit of trees. They maintain and enhance biodiversity, provide shade, cut the effects of urban heat and make neighbourhoods happier, healthier and more beautiful places.

The tree planting on Richfield Avenue was made possible thanks to the generosity of members of the public and a major contribution from The Reading Festival.

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