Sheffield is going to be greener than ever before - with thousands of new trees to be planted to create new woodlands.
Over the next three months around 50,000 trees will be planted to create the next generation of public woodland for the city.
Some 30 hectares of woodland habitat will be created at 17 different sites.
All of the new areas of woodland will be accessible to the general public and will include areas of open space to incorporate informal and formal footpaths, woodland edge habitat and glades.
The first of the tree planting is due to take place at Worrall Recreation Ground today, where 200 native broadleaf trees are set to be planted.
Worrall Environmental Group, local residents and children are to help plant the trees with Sheffield City Council’s Community Forestry team and the Ranger Service.
The trees are part of a larger scheme in the park where another 1,160 trees will be planted, and extends an area planted with Worrall Environmental Group a few years ago.
Councillor Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “We already know that Sheffield is one of the greenest cities in Europe, with two million trees – four for every single person.
“But this tree planting project is further proof of our commitment to enhancing our landscape and environment as much as we possibly can.
“This is especially important at a time when we are cementing our reputation as the UK’s Outdoor Capital City and demonstrating that Sheffield is a city where people can come to walk, jog, ride their bikes and enjoy family days out in an array of fabulous green spaces.
“I look forward to seeing these new woodlands grow and thrive, thanks to the hard work of volunteers and all those involved in this vital project.”
Tim Shortland, community forestry manager at Sheffield City Council, added: “Sheffield’s existing woodlands are renowned nationally, but many are in decline and despite being of great value to people and wildlife alike will not last forever.
“The establishment of new woodland will perpetuate this amazing woodland legacy for future generations and, in the shorter term, will provide a diversity of habitats for wildlife.
“These new woodlands will maintain the cities woodland legacy, increase biodiversity, clean the air and create new amenity opportunities. They will create the next generation of woodlands for future generations of Sheffielders to enjoy.”
Funding for the project, which will cost around £136,000, is coming from the Forestry Commission.