University helps re-leaf Bristol's low tree cover areas

The University of Bristol has put £60,000 towards replacing street trees in six priority areas in the city chosen in partnership with the Bristol Tree Forum and Bristol City Council.

Image: University of Bristol
Image: University of Bristol

Planting on the sixty sites, identified by a team from student volunteering group Bristol Hub, is being carried out over the current winter.

The university's pro vice-chancellor for education and chair of Bristol's Sustainability Steering Group Professor Judith Squires said: "We wanted to do something which would leave a lasting legacy after European Green Capital 2015 and felt improving the city's tree canopy was the perfect way to achieve this.

"Not only will the trees be in place for many decades to come, improving the environment for everyone, but the project has been a great example of our students and staff working with the local community to make a real difference."

George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, added: "This is a hugely welcome investment by the University of Bristol in its own city, and I am delighted that we are working with them to increase Bristol's tree canopy."

The second phase of the scheme, taking place this year and next, will see trees being planted in brand new locations, with the intention of creating a tree walk across the city.

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