Tree pledge for London borough

At least 250 new trees will be planted each year in a London borough to improve the local environment.

The project in Haringey will run for three years and form part of a new tree strategy and planting programme.

"We aim to increase the number of trees and ensure the 40,000 currently managed by the council are well protected and well managed," said a spokesman.

Regular tree inspections would be backed up by an investigation on whether new fruit trees could be planted for food sources around schools and at allotments.

Haringey would also set up a new community tree nursery, with school visits to teach children the benefits of trees.

"Trees improve the look of our streets, open spaces and housing estates, and they improve air quality and attract wildlife to the borough," said councillor Dhiren Basu.

He said the council's tree-warden scheme, to be relaunched this December, would recruit volunteers interested in trees to help the council look after its stock.

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