£10,000 Tree-planting program to make Southport greener

A campaigner for the improvement and regeneration of Southport has announced plans to plant £10,000-worth of trees across the town.

Cllr David Barton, who represents Dukes Ward on Sefton Council, said the trees would be planted in key locations in the coming months.

The funding has come from a number of developers who have agreed to fund green spaces in the town as part of recent planning applications, a process governed by Section 106 legal agreements.

The Section 106 scheme provides money for councils to spend on community and social projects and the tree planting is part of Cllr Barton’s campaign to increase and enhance green spaces in the town.

The areas where trees are to be planted are Church Street, Derby Road, Hoghton Street, London Street, Mornington Road and Lord Street, as well as Manchester road, which was identified whilst Cllr Barton was liaising with residents during the successful recent campaign against parking restrictions.

The semi-mature trees include pear, birch, maple, sycamore and Lobel Elm (bread for resistance to Dutch elm disease).

Cllr Barton said: “The council has worked with a number of developers who have provided money for this project through S106 expenditure and it project has been agreed in time for this year’s planting season, which starts this month. This money is ring fenced for projects such as this.

“This will help further improve the air quality on Lord Street and other areas and at the same time enhance their appearance which will hopefully increase investment and tourism into our seaside resort town.”


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