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Tree planting funds secured

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A grant to help finance the planting of 1,500 trees in St Albans District has been awarded by the Forestry Commission.

St Albans City and District Council has been given £1,700 from the Commission’s Urban Tree Challenge Fund.

The Council will also contribute towards the trees which will be sited in open spaces at Holyrood Crescent, St Albans, and Tallents Crescent, Harpenden.

The planting of oak, hornbeam, hazel, birch and other species is scheduled to take place between November and next March, the tree planting season.

Established by the Government two years ago the UTCF has been provided with £10 million for the planting of 10,000 large and 20,000 small trees across England.

Councillor Jamie Day, Portfolio Holder for Planning, said:

I’m delighted that we have secured these funds for major tree planting programmes.

It shows our commitment to our key priorities of improving the environment and tackling climate change.

Trees clean our air by absorbing harmful CO2 emissions and releasing oxygen, nurture wildlife and also improve the look and atmosphere of our neighbourhoods.

We will continue to look for ways to finance more tree planting and I’m sure our residents will support these efforts.

Councillor contact:
Councillor Jamie Day, Portfolio Holder for Planning for St Albans City and District Council:

Media contact: 
John McJannet, Principal Communications Officer, St Albans City and District Council: 01727