Tree planting, tree maintenance and welcoming public spaces are on the agenda at a cabinet meeting next week.
Dudley Council is looking to invest £300,000 over the next three years in increased tree maintenance following requests from residents for more inspections and work on trees. The funds will also be used to improve the overall condition of the council’s own tree stock both on the highway and across parks and open spaces.
There will also be significant investment in tree planting, with £10,000 going towards improving tree cover in the borough’s parks and open spaces following a review of the council's tree strategy. The funding will provide for replacement tree planting for trees which have previously been felled due to their poor condition due to disease or damage.
It will also provide new planting as well as replacement trees, enhancing overall tree cover.
Public rights of way will also benefit from a spruce up with increased cleaning, removal of weed growth and cutting back on vegetation to allow people to walk and bike in more pleasant surroundings.
Closed church yards are also set to benefit, with the council intending to increase cutting of grass from twice to four times a year. This will improve the look of the sites and improve access to people visiting the graves of loved ones.
Councillor Karen Shakespeare, cabinet member for environmental, highways and street services said:
We know that maintaining green spaces is really important to our residents, which is why we’re investing in a host of activity which will enhance not only our parks and green spaces, but also public rights of way and closed church yards.
By introducing these measures we hope to make the borough a cleaner, greener and more attractive place to live.