Big green up for Walsall

Last updated: 10/12/2015 11:24:35

tree planting

As part of a programme to green up Walsall 40 trees were planted throughout the borough recently.

Despite the weather Walsall Councils’ tree wardens in partnership with the urban forestry team and clean and green planted a range of trees as part of a commitment to enhance and sustain the urban forest for Walsall.

Trees play a vital role in reducing CO2 emissions and the carbon footprint but they can also provide numerous other benefits for communities like helping to reduce noise from traffic.

Further benefits include reduced wind speeds during storms, improvements to air quality through the absorption of air born dust particles and greater biodiversity for wildlife through the provision of food and shelter.

From an economic perspective there are additional benefits to be had for example reduced energy bills through increased external temperature regulation, the health benefits and their associated health care costs and the effects on property prices through the attractiveness of the environment.

Jason Simpson, Walsall Council arboricultural surveyor for clean and green said of the initiative; “The urban forest programme for Walsall is a commitment to future generations. Through preserving trees and planting new stock we are contributing to the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of our neighbourhoods.”

In February the partnership intend to carry out a similar scheme as part of the programme.