Towns get 1,200 trees planted to help fight climate change


More than 1,200 new trees have been planted in two towns to help tackle climate change. Species including pine, birch and maple have been planted at Coombe Park and Uplands Park in Oadby, and at Freer Park, Elizabeth Court and Hayes Park in Wigston.

There are 40 large trees, but the majority are “whips”, around 40 to 60cm tall. They will grow over the coming years to create a greener and more eco-friendly borough, said a spokesperson for Oadby & Wigston Borough Council, which is behind the scheme.

Councillor David Carter, chairman of the borough’s Environment Working Group, said: “These trees are an incredibly valuable addition to our borough and will bring not just important ecological benefits such as attracting more wildlife species and providing cleaner air, but will also improve health and wellbeing by providing a more pleasant borough. Tackling climate change remains one of our priorities, and these trees will make a significant contribution to the borough’s efforts as well as encouraging the conversation and raising awareness to residents.”

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The trees were delivered via Leicestershire County Council through the Local Authority Treescapes Fund, which looks to kickstart landscape restoration, and is part of the Government’s Nature for Climate Fund. The funding also includes an allowance for maintenance and care of the trees, ensuring that they are able to grow and reach their full potential to be enjoyed for generations to come.

The fund is aimed at establishing more trees in non-woodland settings such as in hedgerows, parklands, urban areas, beside roads and footpaths and in neglected, disused and vacant community spaces. The idea is that trees in these settings are particularly valuable as they can provide the greatest levels of benefit to ecosystems and society, such as carbon absorption, flood protection and support for biodiversity, as well as creating corridors for connecting different wildlife habitats.