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Hundreds of New Trees to be Planted in Bedford Borough

Bedford Borough Council has unveiled plans to plant 750 new trees on land alongside the River Great Ouse.

The small trees will be planted on land near the Oasis Swimming Pool to provide extra woodland habitat along the river corridor. This work is in addition to the planting of 139 medium sized trees in selected locations across the borough which has already taken place over the winter.

This has been achieved thanks to a specific capital budget of £20,000 this year for tree planting, which is part of an approved three year programme worth £60,000 designed to see more trees planted in the borough.

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “The planting of more trees enhances the local and wider environment, and our plans to increase planting even further will make a real difference to the greenery across Bedford Borough which we already enjoy.  The new trees alongside the River Great Ouse in Bedford will be a great boost for wildlife along that part of the river, and make it an even more attractive environment for visitors, walkers and river users.

“We have four Green Flag parks in the borough as well as many other fantastic open spaces, including along the Great Ouse. We are improving these even further and want to encourage as many people as possible to enjoy our Borough’s beautiful open spaces.”

Bedford Borough Council maintains approximately 23,000 trees near highways and in public spaces throughout the borough.

Planting work along the River Great Ouse will start Saturday 19th February.

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