Trees will give Barnsley wildlife a boost

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Future generations of Barnsley residents and visitors will be able to enjoy a woodland of majestic oaks close to the site of the former Barnsley Main colliery thanks to a tree-planting project currently underway.

Up to 10,000 native oak trees will be planted close to Oaks Lane, and other council-owned locations in Barnsley by volunteers from a range of organisations.

The tree-planting scheme will create 10 hectares of woodland as part of the Dearne Valley Green Heart Nature Improvement Area project which is underway within the borough.

In 100 years the tree bark will support insects, birds, bats and fungi.

The new woodland will also reduce the risk and severity of localised flooding.