New funding brings more street trees to Salford

Salford has welcomed 35 new street trees thanks to a dedicated fund created by Clear Channel UK.

The fund is part of a recent contract award by Salford City Council to media and infrastructure company Clear Channel UK, and is designed to add value to the city and improve its green spaces.

Councillor Mike McCusker (Salford City Council’s Lead Member for Planning and Sustainable Development) and Nigel Godfrey (Clear Channel’s Partnerships Manager) stood with spades by a hole in the road

The 35 semi-mature trees were planted on Light Oaks Road in Claremont, Salford, by City of Trees, along with some help from Salford City Council’s Lead Member for Planning and Sustainable Development, Councillor Mike McCusker.

Councillor Mike McCusker said: “We are delighted to receive this funding from Clear Channel and to be working in partnership with City of Trees to deliver these green improvements to the City of Salford.

“The extra tree cover will help reduce pollution in the local area and green projects such as this one are really important as we tackle the climate crisis and are of great benefit to the local community.”

Officers from Salford City Council’s Environment Team and representatives from Greater Manchester’s City of Trees worked in collaboration to develop an ambitious planting scheme which features five different tree species: Sorbus intermedia Brouwers, Prunus accolade, Acer campestre Elsrijk, Alnus incana Aurea and Liquidambar Worplesdon.

The tree species were all specifically chosen to ensure that the trees do not grow too tall or cause disruption to the surrounding area due to their root systems or droppings.

Local people have been involved in a consultation process to give their feedback and views on the project.

This project forms part of Salford City Council’s Great Eight priorities and the pledge to tackle the climate emergency by securing investment and development in green spaces and green infrastructure across the city.

Clear Channel’s Managing Director Will Ramage said: “It’s fantastic to be able to bring more street trees to Salford - a community that we’re really proud to be a part of – and to know that we’ve left a positive and lasting legacy for local residents.”

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Date published
Monday 14 February 2022

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