Branching out: 800 new trees to be planted in Stockport green scheme

By John Paul Shammas

Work is to begin on a £150,000 project across all areas of Stockport that will see 800 trees planted.

Stockport Council, in partnership with Solutions SK, is replacing missing, removed or dead street trees which were identified in a 2010 survey.

The work will begin in Hazel Grove on Monday January 7 before covering all areas of the borough.
Councillor Kevin Hogg, Executive Member for the Public Realm, who will plant the first tree, said: “Trees are a real asset to our neighbourhoods and localities.

“They are one of the most important ways in which we can keep our borough green, and help create pleasant places in which to walk, cycle or sit.”

The spending comes as Stockport Council believes that trees play an important environmental and aesthetic role in enhancing the urban environment.

Stockport has 15,000 street trees maintained on an on-going basis.

The tree species selected include Hawthorn, Beech, Oak and Maple.

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