Students help council plant new trees in Sheffield suburb

Tree planting at Ouseburn Road open space.

Tree planting at Ouseburn Road open space.

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Students helped plant new trees in Sheffield as part of a project to improve the city's open spaces.

Young people and staff from Al-Huda Academy, an Islamic secondary for boys in Darnall, joined staff from the Englisg Institute for Sport and Sheffield's Lord Mayor Denise Fox to work on the Ouseburn Road open space.

Lord Mayor Denise Fox gets busy with her spade.

Lord Mayor Denise Fox gets busy with her spade.

Working with the council's community forestry staff, they planted 19 trees, which were a mix of oak, lime, silver birch, Turkish hazel and amalanchier.

The trees are part of a wider improvement project funded by new housing nearby.

Other planned work includes fencing, new seating, litter bins, wildflower and bulb planting and the provision of goal ends and synthetic surfacing to provide a kick-about area for football.

Cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure Mary Lea said: “I’d like to thank all those who took part to make this community tree planting event a real success.

“Students and staff from Al-Huda Academy were helped by Coun Zahira Naz, while the staff from Sheffield International Venues – SIV – had assistance from local volunteers including a representative from the Friends of High Hazels Park.

“As the day went on, it became a gloriously sunny afternoon, and it was great to see the new trees established and the wider improvements on the site taking shape.”

It was the latest event in the community forestry programme, which involved planting hundreds of trees across Sheffield during the current tree-planting season.

The next session will take place on Monday in Sharrow, in partnership with trading co-operative Regather, and trees will also be planted in Beighton, between Rosemary Road and Cairns Road, on Wednesday.

In the past few weeks, around 7,500 trees were also planted to create new urban woodlands in three parks in the south-east of the city; at Kenninghall Bank, Fox Lane Recreation Ground and at Pipworth Recreation Ground.

This project was carried out with the Trees for Cities charity, which recently said it would not work with the council unless it suspending tree felling under the Streets Ahead programme.

Community forestry manager Tim Shortland said: “Sheffield’s existing woodlands are renowned nationally, but many are in decline and despite being of great value to people and wildlife alike will not last forever.

“The establishment of new urban woodland will perpetuate this amazing woodland legacy for future generations and, in the shorter term, will provide a diversity of habitats for wildlife.

“These new woodlands will maintain the cities woodland legacy, increase biodiversity, clean the air and create new amenity opportunities. They will create the next generation of woodlands for future generations of Sheffielders to enjoy.”

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