Tree planting to improve park

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MORE than 1,000 new trees will be planted in South Yorkshire parkland as part of a national scheme to make Britain greener.

Members of the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers and Barnsley Council are joining the Big Tree Plant scheme in Dearne Valley Park, Barnsley, in the run-up to Christmas and again on Thursday December 22.

Dearne Valley Park is at the centre of the ‘green corridor’ which runs from Haigh to the Dearne towns and beyond. It is a haven for wildlife and a recreational site, while being less than a mile away from Barnsley town centre.

Barnsley Council cabinet spokesman for environment, Coun Tim Cheetham, said: “People need trees. Trees increase biodiversity, combat climate change and add beauty to the urban environment. It is particularly pleasing to see volunteers investing their time and efforts as part of this national campaign to improve our environment.”