110 new urban trees planned throughout the Borough as part of Trees for Streets scheme

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Trees have been planted along the new High Street

Funding is now in place to ensure that over 100 street and celebration trees will be planted throughout Bedford Borough, as part of the Council’s plan to plant 10,000 trees.

Through a combination of both public and corporate sponsorships and grant funding, the partnership with Trees for Streets will deliver 110 new trees to areas of Bedford.

As reported in the Bedford Independent in October, residents and businesses from across Borough have been taking part in the programme.

This is as individuals or by coming together with neighbours, friends and family members to sponsor a tree on their street or a celebration tree in one of Bedford Borough’s parks.

Read: Locals crowdfund to raise money for street tree planting on Riverfield Drive

The benefits of trees in urban areas include producing oxygen, improving air quality, creating shade, helping to prevent flooding and supporting biodiversity.

Planting more trees has also been shown to positively affect both physical and mental wellbeing.

Cllr Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “There are an immense number of environmental, health and wellbeing benefits to planting more trees on our streets, so we’re excited to announce that we’ve now received funding for over 110 trees through the Trees for Streets programme.

“Both businesses and residents have been incredibly engaged with the scheme and have worked together to bring more trees to the streets of Bedford Borough.

“If you would like to sponsor a tree for your street, you have until Sunday, 5 December to get involved.”

Bedford Borough residents who would like to sponsor a street tree or find out more about the scheme can visit the Borough Council’s website.

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