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Tree planting plans

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Plans to replace removed trees and plant new coverage in key parts of the borough go to cabinet next week.

Currently there are fifty tree pits on the highway across the borough where previously removed dead and dangerous trees have not yet been replaced. Plans are afoot to remove any remaining tree stumps, prepare the ground, install irrigation systems and replace with new trees appropriate to the locations.

In addition, an aerial survey of the borough to analyse tree canopy coverage has identified six wards which have less coverage than other wards across the borough.

These are Lye and Stourbridge, Netherton and Woodside, Coseley East, St. James', Brierley Hill and Upper Gornal and Woodsetton.

The council hopes to plant around 120 trees across these six wards, in addition to the 50 trees across the borough’s highways.

Councillor Karen Shakespeare, cabinet member for public realm said:

Increasing our tree canopy coverage across the borough is important work. As well as helping to green our borough and make it more visually appealing, trees also help to cool and shade their immediate environment, purify the air and act as mini ecosystems for wildlife, flora and fauna.
We’re glad that not only are we able to replace fifty trees which had to be removed but also to be able to provide around 120 trees where they are most needed.

Plans go to cabinet next Wednesday (Dec 15).

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