Sheffield plants 5,000 new trees

Sheffield City Council is to plant 5,000 saplings to boost its green credentials in the biggest single investment in tree planting.

The £50,000 scheme will see native, exotic and fruit trees planted to "kick-start" the regeneration of Sheffield's urban forest.

Council cabinet member for climate change and the local environment Shaffaq Mohammed said: "Many of the city's trees have stood for well over 100 years, making it more attractive, healthier and habitable.

"But many of these are fast-approaching the end of their lifespan and new generation is needed."

Tree planting is due to start in the autumn, after a symbolic planting ceremony two weeks ago in Parkwood Springs.

Schoolchildren, volunteers and community groups will plant the trees and an educational programme will help children understand climate-change issues.

Mohammed said: "This will send a strong message that our long-term aim is to add to the two million trees already in the city."

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