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Councillors' call for ward tree boost

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More trees are urgently needed in a key part of Middlesbrough according to local Councillors.

Ward members in Park End & Beckfield say new trees are urgently needed in the Netherfields area to replace those lost over the years to development, vandalism and neglect.

Their call comes ahead of National Tree Week 2020 and has won backing from Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston who has pledged to plant at least 10,000 trees across the borough.

In a joint statement Councillor Stephen Hill and Mick Saunders said: "Netherfields is one of the most tree-deprived areas in Middlesbrough, so we're delighted the Mayor is working with us to fill this part of our ward with new saplings.

"It's been proven that access to nature plays an important role in helping relieve stress and improve our mental health, so we're also working with Thirteen to plant some wildflower meadows throughout the ward.

"We've got some areas in mind where we'd like the trees and the wildflowers to go, but we'd really like Netherfields residents to get in touch and let us know where they'd like them to be planted.

"We're also very excited to be able play our part in helping the mayor meet his election pledge of planting 10,000 trees over the course of this Council.

Mayor of Middlesbrough Andy Preston said: "Trees are so, so important so it's great to see local Councillors like Stephen and Mick taking up the issue in their area.

"Trees are the lungs of the environment and play a massively import role in absorbing CO2, enhance existing green areas and bringing back lost open space.

"We're giving away thousands of trees right now, so there's never been a better time to play your part in making our 10,000-tree target a reality."

To find out more about National Tree Week visit the Tree Council website.

Free tree ‘whips' are available to pick up from Thursday, December 3 to Thursday, December 10, coinciding with National Tree Week. To arrange collection of free tree whips, call the Council's Environment Services team on 01642 300508.

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