Hundreds of new trees add colour and life to Borough’s parks

Published: Monday, 4 April 2022

Cllr David Carter next to a tree in Uplands Park, Oadby.

Oadby & Wigston Borough Council (OWBC) has been working towards its climate targets by planting hundreds of new trees across the borough’s green spaces in recent weeks.

Over 1,200 trees have been planted at Coombe Park, Uplands Park, Freer Park, Elizabeth Court and Hayes Park.

The trees are of several different species, including pine, birch and maple. There are 40 large trees, but the majority are currently whips, around 40-60cm tall, which will grow over the coming years to create a greener and more eco-friendly borough.

The trees were delivered under the umbrella of Leicestershire County Council as part of the Local Authority Treescapes Fund (LATF) which looks to kickstart landscape restoration, and is part of the Government’s Nature for Climate Fund.

The funding also includes an allowance for ongoing maintenance and care of the trees, ensuring that they are able to grow and reach their full potential to be enjoyed for generations to come.

The LATF is aimed at establishing more trees in non-woodland settings such as in hedgerows, parklands, urban areas, beside roads and footpaths and in neglected, disused and vacant community spaces. Trees in these settings are particularly valuable as they can provide the greatest levels of benefit to ecosystems and society, such as carbon absorption, flood protection and support for biodiversity, as well as creating corridors for connecting fragmented habitats.

Councillor David Carter, Chair of the Environment Working Group at OWBC, said: “These trees are an incredibly valuable addition to our borough and will bring not just important ecological benefits such as attracting more wildlife species and providing cleaner air, but will also improve health and wellbeing by providing a more pleasant borough.

“Tackling climate change remains one of our priorities, and these trees will make a significant contribution to the borough’s efforts as well as encouraging the conversation and raising awareness to residents. On behalf of OWBC I would like to thank the LATF.”