A number of local young people who attend Meadow Farm Community Primary School have today taken part in a planting initiative to help enhance local wildlife and improve biodiversity in the local area.

Derby City Council, working with the Trees for Cities project, will see 3,200 trees being planted as part of the A52 widening scheme.

The Council engaged with local volunteers to participate in some of the planting, and the idea was to get local children involved and to educate them to care for and respect their local area, and feel involved in the road scheme improvements.

Sporting wellies and spades, the children, aged from 8 to 10 years, planted 100 native British trees near Waterford Drive, along with Cabinet Member for Children and Young People & Safeguarding, and Chaddesden Ward Councillor Sara Bolton.

Councillor Sara Bolton said:

“This is a great way to involve the young people in caring for their neighbourhood. All the youngsters thoroughly enjoyed the morning, and they can now watch the trees grow and take pride that they helped plant them. Also the trees will encourage a variety of wildlife”.

Councillor Asaf Afzal, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection said:

“It’s really encouraging to see young people getting involved in schemes like this, and educate them to care for and respect their local area”.

Further planting of various species will take place in the areas surrounding the A52 and Wyvern as the scheme progresses.

This Trees for Cities project is funded by energy company npower and is being delivered in partnership with Derby City Council. So far, npower and Trees for Cities have worked together to plant 12,024 trees in urban areas across the country.