Successful funding bids mean 10,000 new trees will be planted in Bedford Borough

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Over 10,000 trees will be planted in parks and on streets throughout Bedford Borough this tree planting season, thanks to two successful funding bids.

Bedford Borough Council has successfully won funding through the Treescapes Fund to plant trees in Bedford Park, Addison-Howard Park and on-street to replace those sadly lost to disease.

They have also won funding through the Urban Tree Challenge Fund which will see trees planted in Kingsbrook.

This is in addition to the efforts of local community groups to ‘green up’ their areas.

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

Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “It is vital that we plant more trees which are an important part in helping tackle climate change and reach our commitment to be a net zero carbon council by 2030.

“Trees are not just beautiful to look at but create a home for local wildlife, and are good for our health and wellbeing.”

At least one tree in every ward

In addition to the seasonal planting programme, there are projects to celebrate the Queen’s Green Canopy taking place, including the planting of at least one tree in every ward in the Borough.

“We have been successful in winning national funding to bring more trees to Bedford Borough,” said a council spokesperson.

“The Council will be planting trees across the Borough in partnership with volunteer groups, residents, charities, the Forestry Commission and the Forest of Marston Vale.”

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