Safestyle UK’s Trees for Bradford – report

In July 2017 Safestyle UK kindly donated £1,000 via UBoC, towards the planting of 182 trees as part of the Trees For Cities ‘Trees for Bradford’ project in Low Moor, south Bradford – which was delivered in partnership with Bradford Environmental Action Trust (BEAT).

On 10th January 2018, a total of 500 woodland whips (the remainder donated by others) were planted on a site in an industrial area along Dealburn Road in Low Moor, south Bradford (BD12 9HJ). This is a former clay quarry, which was also used as a landfill at the end of its life. Following on from some initial planting of hedgerows, this project continued a programme of regeneration by planting an area of approximately 0.25 ha as woodland.

The species planted include Sessile Oak, Silver Birch, Alder, Hazel and Field Maple. As well as adding diversity in terms of age, the selection of species, will help improve resistance of the tree population to climatic changes, which can bring disease and other threats.

Through the wider Trees for Bradford project (which covered 7 sites) we engaged a total of 238 volunteers (58 adults, 180 children) in tree planting activities. At the Dealburn Road site, 9 volunteers attended the planting, this included Safestyle employees and Forest of Bradford volunteers.

Each volunteer was given full training on how to safely use equipment and shown how to carefully plant the trees. We informed participants about the importance of trees in our urban environment and where ever possible gave interesting facts about the species being planted. As all planting took place on publically accessible land, the volunteers will be able to visit the site they helped create in years to come.

Outcomes include a range of environmental, health, well being and educational benefits such as increased greenery and shading, improved drainage and increased enjoyment of natural space. As indicated by a study on impact pathways, conducted in conjunction with PWC (Price Waterhouse Cooper), long term benefits (up to and over 10 years) will be felt through increased biodiversity, mitigation of pollution, enhanced use of natural space by the public and greater resilience of the urban forest to the effects of climate change.

Long term maintenance of the site will be undertaken by BEAT and Bradford Metropolitan District Council, with the support of local volunteers.

Trees for Cities Kathy Silenga said “On behalf of our delivery partners BEAT, the local community and all at Trees for Cities, we would like to thank Safestyle for their support of this Trees for Bradford project, and also UBoC for introducing them to us – Thank You!”

Safestyle UK are committed to planting more trees with UBoC locally next winter – in Colne Valley this time, with further planting in Bradford remaining an option.