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Bradford to receive £10,000 to plant 40 more trees in the district

Bradford is set to benefit from an extra £10,000 to plant 40 additional trees in the district.

Bradford Council is to receive a £10,000 grant to plant 40 trees across the district, thanks to Trees for Streets and the Green Recovery Challenge Fund.

The Council joined the Trees for Streets initiative last July. The national scheme, run by urban tree charity Trees for Cities, aims to plant thousands of extra trees on streets in urban areas through the sponsorship of residents and community groups, supplementing council tree planting budgets.

Bradford is to benefit from an extra £10,000 to plant 40 trees across the district. 

Trees for Streets works through people using an online platform to sponsor a tree being planted in their neighbourhood, enabling them to select a location, making a donation and the request being sent to the council to assess the location and, if suitable, plant the tree the following winter.

Now, in addition to this, Trees for Streets is providing the council with £10,000 of its Green Recovery Challenge Fund for 40 more trees, which will be planted at Smith Avenue in Wibsey, Buttershaw Drive, the Sue Belcher Centre in Keighley and at Highfield in Keighley.

It works out at £250 per tree planted in the district. These locations have been selected as areas where there are few trees, so planting more will create environmental benefits for residents, such as shade and improved air quality.

Cllr Sarah Ferriby, Portfolio Holder for Healthy People and Places, said: “We are delighted to be getting this extra funding through Trees for Street’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund. It means that more neighbourhoods can benefit from trees being planted on their streets, bringing welcome colour and contributing to the wellbeing of those around them.”

This project is funded by the Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund. The fund was developed by Defra and its Arm’s-Length Bodies. It is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England, the Environment Agency and Forestry Commission.

To find out more about Trees for Streets in Bradford District and about sponsoring a tree for your street, visit here.

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