United Bank of Carbon were delighted to be approached by Safestyle UK in 2017 seeking advice on how best to invest £2,000 in tree planting projects. After discussing a range of options, inlcuding planting in tropical areas, it was decided that they should first invest in a project close to their head office in Dealburn, Bradford which was being managed by our partners Trees for Cities with Bradford Environmental Action Trust.
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 (grid reference SE163278, postcode BD12 0RG – see maps below). 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. We would now like 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.
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The trees have been planted at community planting events, which engage a wide variety of local stakeholders, including residents, community groups and schools. Each attendee learns 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. We also raise awareness about the importance of trees for local wildlife, the environment and for people living in urban areas.
We look forward to assisting Safestyle with further investments in high quality environmental projects.