Salford's blooming marvellous!
Salford's blooming following the planting of 30 large street trees across the city in recent weeks.
Red Rose Forest, the community forest covering the city, is currently working with Salford City Council to improve neighbourhoods through tree planting schemes.
Since the New Year, 14 trees have been planted at Camp Street in Lower Broughton, while six have gone in at Westlands Park and seven in Lightoaks Park.
And on Tuesday, staff and councillors from Salford City Council joined members of the Red Rose Forest team to mark the planting of three more trees on Bolton Road in Swinton. Two maple trees and one cherry tree were planted to compliment earlier tree planting on the road three years ago. The latest trees have been funded from Salford In Bloom funds.
Cllr Derek Antrobus, Salford's lead member for planning, said: "This work compliments the investment made by the council to improve this major gateway to the city. Other work we've carried out includes road resurfacing, making the pedestrian crossing safer and planting flowers.
"The council has also set aside money to improve shop fronts and has spent the past 12 months talking to local shopkeepers to see which want to take up the offer of a grant and to design the new shop fronts."
Hilary Wood, green streets manager at Red Rose Forest said: "We've been working closely with Salford City Council since 2007 on a number of street tree planting projects which have helped make the city greener, healthier and more attractive. As these trees grow to maturity they'll become a wonderful asset to the city.
"Planting trees in cities can have a dramatic impact on our quality of life and bring significant social, environmental and economic benefits. They can also help reduce problems such as flooding and pollution and help us adapt to climate change by providing shading in the summer."
Picture caption (left to right): John Horrocks (Urban Vision); Chris Tucker (Community Development Worker, Swinton Neighbourhood Team); Hilary Wood, Red Rose Forest Green Streets Manager; Cllr Bill Hinds and Cllr Derek Antrobus.