Hessle Road
Trees being planted in Hessle Road

Hull plants record number of trees

A number of trees have been planted in Hessle Road and Coltman Street.

The trees are replacing the ones which were removed due to the damage they were causing to the pavements, making it difficult for residents to use the walkway.

A total of seven semi-mature trees were planted in Hessle Road and an additional 11 in Coltman Street as part of a community-led project.

The tree pits for Coltman Street were identified by residents living in the area as part of a community initiative to reduce carbon and maintain an attractive green space for residents and visitors.

Councillor Anita Harrison, portfolio holder for Streetscene at Hull City Council, said: “More than 32,000 trees have been planted in Hull over the last year and this number will only increase as we prioritise our commitment to reducing climate change.”

Hull City Council has identified climate change as a core challenge, setting ambitious targets to reverse its impact. The local authority declared a climate emergency in March this year and has set a target for the city to become carbon-neutral by 2030.

Councillor Harrison said: “Planting trees are integral to reducing carbon dioxide emissions and in Hull we have the opportunity to create an urban woodland as part of the Northern Forest project. Together with our partners HEYwoods, this initiative will see the planting of 50 million trees over the next 25 years between Liverpool and Hull, with M62 as its spine.”

The trees planted in Coltman Street are Erman’s Birch which is a close relative to the Silver Birch. Erman’s are a graceful tree and able to tolerate the reflected light and heat of an urban environment. Their heart-shaped leaves and attractive creamy white and pinkish bark both contribute to its high amenity value

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