NEW roots are growing in Sheffield in the battle to lower pollution and improve people’s health.
Trees have been planted on the Bramley estate in Handsworth to help combat the effects of climate change by providing shade and protection from strong winds.
The nitrogen dioxide levels from vehicle exhaust emissions around Handsworth are above European Union limits of 40 microgrammes per cubic metre.
The 17 trees were paid for with Climate Change funding won by Bramley Estate Residents’ Association from the South East Community Assembly.
Maurice Littlewood, of BERA, said: “Planting trees is no substitute for reducing the amount of traffic in the area and more low-emission vehicles will help. However, research suggests planting lots can have a positive effect on air pollution. The trees were originally planted over 35 years ago and paid for with contributions from local residents.”