Tameside Council’s tree-mendous record with trees is about to become even more impressive. The authority has set itself a target of planting a further 16,000 in 2021.
The scheme has been made possible by the support of City of Trees and is part of a national programme – Trees for Climate – which will create climate-combating woodlands across England.
It will largely take place in greenspace and countryside, ranging from the edges of Cheetham’s Park, Stalybridge, to more planting at Groby Road, Audenshaw.
A mix of whips is being utilised including familiar species such as oak, hazel and birch. Whips are slender, unbranched shoots whose smaller size gives them a much greater chance of success in local conditions.
Cllr Brenda Warrington, Tameside Council’s executive leader, commented: “Over the last 10 years we have planted many thousands of trees and I’m immensely proud of that record.
“Trees are hugely important to us as they not only store carbon, they provide havens for wildlife, and provide a more diverse and attractive landscape. They are a real asset to the borough’s environment and the planting project is a major feature of our ongoing efforts to combat climate change, complementing the work we do to help people make their homes energy efficient.
“The latest planting work can only enhance our wonderful parks and countryside whose value has become even more apparent during lockdowns when we haven’t been able to travel.”
City of Trees is delivering a green recovery and tackling the climate emergency head-on by planting trees and restoring woodlands for the people and wildlife of Greater Manchester.