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Sheffield's new public woodlands

Thousands of trees are set to be planted across Sheffield over the next three months, to create the next generation of public woodland for the city.

Thousands of trees are set to be planted across Sheffield over the next three months

In total almost 50,000 trees will be planted and 30 hectares of woodland habitat will be created at 17 different sites. All of the new woodland will be accessible to the community and will include areas of open space to incorporate informal and formal footpaths, woodland edge habitat, rides and glades.

The first of the tree planting will take place at Worrall Recreation Ground today, where 200 native broadleaf trees will be planted.

Worrall Environmental Group, local residents and children will be helping to plant the trees with Sheffield City Council's Community Forestry team and the Ranger Service.

These trees are part of a larger scheme in the park where another 1,160 trees will be planted, and extends an area planted with Worrall Environmental Group a few years ago.

"We already know that Sheffield is one of the greenest cities in Europe, with two million trees - four for every single person.

"But this tree planting project is further proof of our commitment to enhancing our landscape and environment as much as we possibly can.

"This is especially important at a time when we are cementing our reputation as the Uk's Outdoor Capital City and demonstrating that Sheffield is a city where people can come to walk, jog, ride their bikes and enjoy family days out in an array of fabulous green spaces.

"I look forward to seeing these new woodlands grow and thrive, thanks to the hard work of volunteers and all those involved in this vital project."

– Cllr Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure Sheffield City Council

"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 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."

– Tim Shortland, community forestry manager at Sheffield City Council

The public are welcome to take part in today's tree planting event at Worrall Recreation Ground, off Worrall Road, between 10.30am and 2pm. Tools and gloves will be provided.

The other sites where new woodlands will be created are at Acres Hill (Mather Road), Addlington Rd (Parson Cross Park), Black Bank Open Space, East Park Fields (Brunswick Fields), Flockton Park, Greenhill Park, Jaunty Park, Longley Park, Manor Laith Rd Green Space, Sky Edge Open Space, Manor Playing Fields, Ochre Dyke Playing Fields, Richmond Heights, Westwood Counrtry Park and Worrall Recreation Ground.

Funding for the project, which will cost around £136,000, is coming from the Forestry Commission.

"We are delighted to be investing grant aid in the creation of these 17 new woodlands across Sheffield.

"Sheffield City Council recognises the value of trees to people, wildlife and the economy and we welcome their ongoing work to plant more trees and manage the woodlands of the city sustainably."

– Chris Grice, local Forestry Commission Woodland Officer