Over 250 trees planted to enhance wildlife and recreational space

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Streetwise Managing Director, Nigel Carter, Cllr Abby Brennan, and Streetwise operative Bernard Sampson, stand with shovels in the middle of a grassy area fully of newly planted trees hero-texture

Over 250 native trees have been planted to help enhance wildlife and further improve recreational space in West Bridgford and create an even greener environment for local residents.

Rushcliffe Borough Council have planted 260 trees, including crab apples, native cherries, oak and limes at Collington Common, off Collington Way, on available land in the residential area.

The authority’s grounds maintenance contractors Streetwise Environmental Ltd oversaw the planting and will now ensure the saplings are watered and properly maintained as they grow.

As new additions to the open space, the trees will ensure a greener, more sustainable space for local residents to enjoy that also offers opportunities for wildlife, such as shelter and new habitats.

The Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community and the Environment Cllr Abby Brennan welcomed the news that the trees had been successfully planted, celebrating yet another example of the Borough’s green credentials.

She said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to further enhance Collington Common and provide local residents with a pleasant and environmentally-friendly space on their doorstep.

“These trees will both diversify the landscape of this residential area and create a wonderful recreational space for people as the saplings grow and mature.

“In Rushcliffe, the environment is one of our key priorities and we’re dedicated to making sure the Borough is great place to live, both now and in the years to come.”

Managing Director of Streetwise, Nigel Carter, said: “These trees are a brilliant addition to the Borough, and we’re thrilled to once again be working with the Council to enhance the greenery across Rushcliffe.

“Our teams will continue to visit the site in the weeks ahead to check on the saplings and ensure they’re watered and supported as they grow into a brilliant wooded area for the local community.”

Each sapling is supported by a small wooden trellis and has been secured with recyclable padding and protectors, installed to help support them as they get established.

The project at Collington Common forms part of the authorities’ work to become Carbon Clever. Planting more trees and enhancing the natural resources on site will help to capture and store carbon from the atmosphere, which in turn will help to tackle climate change.

So far, this initiative has included the free tree scheme, which has seen over 7,000 trees distributed to residents, Town and Parish Councils and groups for free since 2018.

It forms part of the authority’s strategy to provide sustainable and enhanced environments in line with the Borough’s significant housing and employment growth in the next decade.