Stephen Birmingham, Safestyle UK’s CEO said; “As an environmentally conscious company we are passionate about looking for ways we can help support the environment as well as benefiting the local community. We’re really excited about our partnership with UBoC and Trees For Cities which will help to reduce pollution and bring people together through community planting events.”
Trees for Cities (TfC) is an independent charity established in 1993. They inspire people to plant and love trees in cities worldwide and work with local landowners, partner organisations and community groups to deliver innovative urban tree planting projects. Through 24 years of experience they have established a successful and unique model of partnership work, delivering projects in over 20 cities across the UK and overseas, and engaging with over 65,000 people to plant more almost 780,000 urban trees in parks, streets, schools, hospitals and housing estates.
Outside of London, Trees for Cities works in partnership with local organisations to deliver projects. In Bradford they have been working with Bradford Environmental Action Trust (BEAT) since 2010. Over the last seven years they have successfully planted over 20,000 trees and engaged almost 800 volunteers in tree planting activities.
During the winter of 2017/18, the 182 trees supported by Safestyle will form part of a project to plant 500 mixed woodland whips (bare root trees juvenile trees, 2-3 years in age and 60-100cm in height) on a site in Low Moor, south Bradford.
This is a former clay quarry site, which was also used as a landfill at the end of its life. Over the last two years, there has been some initial planting of hedgerows. The plan is to further improve the site by planting an area of approximately 0.25 ha as woodland. The site has full public access and is very visible from the access road, which turns off the busy M62 into Bradford city centre.
The trees will be planted through community planting events, which will engage a wide variety of local stakeholders, including residents, community groups and schools. Each attendee will learn how to identify trees, the properties of various tree species, how to plant safely and to ensure the trees have the best chance to thrive. The project will also raise awareness about the importance of trees for local wildlife, the environment and for people living in urban areas.