Cash helps plant a green future

Michael Fascia (Sunderland City Council) (front left) and Peter Wood (councillor), with (rear left to right) Barry Watson (resident), Marcia Balmer (resident), Michael Dixon (councillor) and Nicky Rowland (Sunderland City Council) as they plant one of the new trees. Picture by FRANK REID

Michael Fascia (Sunderland City Council) (front left) and Peter Wood (councillor), with (rear left to right) Barry Watson (resident), Marcia Balmer (resident), Michael Dixon (councillor) and Nicky Rowland (Sunderland City Council) as they plant one of the new trees. Picture by FRANK REID

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City streets have gone green after a cash boost.

More than 30 new trees have been planted in the St Michael’s ward in grass verges on and around Queen Alexandra Road in Ashbrooke/Grangetown.

The cost, £2,500, has been funded by the Council’s east area community leaders’ programme.

Coun Peter Wood said: “Gradually more and more trees have been cut down in the ward, due to disease etc, but not replaced - the council having no specific budget for tree replacement.

“The ward councillors thought it would be a good idea to use some of the money from the community leaders’ programme to start replacing some of the ward’s lost trees.”

The streets are: Newlands Avenue, Bainbridge Avenue, Thornhill Park, Sea View Road, Linden Road, Victoria Avenue West, Queen Alexandra Road and Wallingford Avenue.