Hundreds of new trees planted throughout Sunderland - here's where

Hundreds of new trees have been planted across Sunderland with more to come.Hundreds of new trees have been planted across Sunderland with more to come.
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Hundreds of new trees have been planted across Sunderland with thousands more set to follow.

The work was undertaken after Sunderland City Council won a Government grant to plant more street trees in urban areas.

The authority says trees in cities and towns have been scientifically shown to bring many benefits such as helping to filter pollutants and improving air quality.

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Sunderland City Council's cabinet member for environment and transport, Councillor Amy Wilson, said: said: "I am delighted to see this project completed and more trees appear on our streets.

"Trees in and along our streets bring many benefits, providing better air quality, improving the look and feel of our neighbourhoods and contributing to our aim of being carbon neutral by 2030."

The bid was for 424 heavy standard trees, which are generally already around three metres or nearly 10ft-tall, and 2,000 smaller trees known as whips, which are two years old and around a metre or nearly 3ft tall.

All of the mature trees are now in place in areas including Ryhope, Fencehouses, Fulwell, Hendon, Hylton Lane Estate, Plains Farm, Southwick, Backhouse Park, Barnes Park and Thompson Park.

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Smaller trees will be planted between Grindon and Thorney Close this autumn.

Species planted throughout Sunderland include alder, aspen, oak, bird cherry, rowan, sycamore, lime and whitebeam.

The project, which adds to the city’s 13,000 existing street trees, is in line with the council's emerging £200m plan for making Sunderland more dynamic, healthy and vibrant.

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